It started with a conversation with some of my most passionate supporters (right, Spencer?). It led to legislative number 195173 and, today, it was installed. Yes, Ward 5ers, there is a Hubway Bicycle System for Magoun Square at Trum Field!
With Tufts leaving the negotiation table on the Powder House School, the opportunity for the parcel to be developed is down to two candidates, one of which has a very direct connection to Ward 5. As I reported previously, one of the top contenders was Davis Square Partners who submitted a proposal that could bring between significant numbers in annual tax revenue for Somerville.
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The Licensing Commission met last night, approving licenses to exciting new businesses in Somerville.
Taking the agenda out of order, the panel met with representatives from Bibim Restaurant who will be occupying the old McDonald's space at 243 Elm Street. This license was the deciding factor, at least that's how their spokesperson made it seem at the community meeting, on whether they would expand the... Read more
Spatch reports on the end of a leader's life in a Union Square parking lot yesterday afternoon:
The sun disappeared behind the only dark clouds to come our way that afternoon. As the crowd was again encouraged to petition Caesar as he walked by, up came Cimber, kiss kiss went Brutus, and stab stab stabbity stab went the assassins, who had covertly passed around... Read more
The mission of The Davis Flea community: to Reclaim, Repurpose, Rediscover and Reconnect continues on Sunday, March 16, 2014 with The Davis Flea Spring Vintage Market at The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville from 11:00am until 5:00pm.
Rather than focusing on selling new products and crafts, The Davis Flea Spring Vintage Market will showcase dealers selling vintage, collectibles, re-purposed, up-cycled and antique merchandise.... Read more
I took the opportunity to attend a community meeting in Ward 6 to learn about a new Korean restaurant, Bibim, looking to occupy the 243 Elm Street space in Davis Square. Also in attendance this evening, were the owners Young and Ed Kim, their attorney, architect, spokesperson, as well as, Alderman At Large Jack Connolly and Director of Economic Development Ed O'Donnell. Ward 6 Alderman... Read more
Dan Meade reports that not long after he took this photo yesterday, one of the swords went flying into the assembled crowd of onlookers in Union Square. "And that's the roller coaster of life. Everything is going great until it's not," the sheepish swordsman quipped. Nobody was injured.
Ken Krause videoed a video by a planner for the Green Line Extension project at a community meeting in Medford last night.
H/t Greg Hum.
Patch, the once promising hyperlocal network, today took a scythe to its remaining workforce, laying off hundreds of employees.
Locally, Chris Orchard, editor of Somerville Patch, announced his layoff. The editors of the Belmont, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Braintree, Charlestown, Hingham, Jamaica Plain, Malden, Melrose, Milton, Roslindale, Waltham, West Roxbury and Weymouth Patch sites were apparently let go - all of their profile... Read more
Blame a suspicious package at Davis Square for late-morning bollixity.
Somerville Police are alerting residents that three women have been indecently assaulted in evening and early night hours, mostly recently on Sunday on Hawkins Street in Union Square and Jan. 2 in the area of Porter and Sumner streets.
We wish to alert residents, especially women, to take safety precautions when walking at night. Do not wear ear buds while walking, avoid poorly lit areas,... Read more
Somebody's a bit upset that the Davis Square Pinkberry advertises "handcrafted" yogurt:
To get a better sense of whatâ€™s so, so wrong about this, try googling "handcrafted" and see what comes up in the search results: jewelry, pottery and furniture - all things you craft by hand rather than, you know, dump into a cup or bowl and declare your work at an end.... Read more
Sacha Pfeiffer noticed these fliers up around Cambridge and Somerville:
Sad children with cold hands (and annoyed parents) somewhere in Cambridge/Somerville
For most of us the snow is beautiful when it is coming down and a hassle for travel but for the elderly and people with disabilities it can leave them stranded in their homes with out access to needed medications, food, and services.
We can help! I invite you to join me in digging out our elderly and disabled neighbors by participating in a... Read more
A man who says he used his American Express card to buy stuff at the Somerville Target on Dec. 1 is now seeking more than $5 million from Target to compensate him and other Massachusetts Target customers who may have had their credit-card information stolen.
In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Daniel Heller, who describes himself as "a regular... Read more
State Police report that some MIT students were having fun with a 1,000-lb. remote-controlled boat in the Mystic River in Somerville last night. But all good things come to an end and the kids tried using a Ford Ranger to haul the boat out of the water. Instead, State Police say, the boat pulled the pickup into the river. State Police now advise:
If... Read more