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26 October 2016 @ 07:07 pm
I give up: where does one buy women's mid-weight gloves in this area? I'm looking for something in suede or similar, for regular outdoor use. Not sporting gear; something slightly fashionable for a professional appearance. Don't want to spend a fortune on fancy, willing to invest a bit in durable.

I get the feeling I'm a bit ahead of the seasons, as CVS didn't have any winter wear in yet, but my hands are cold now.

25 October 2016 @ 09:15 am
So, I'm pondering the early voting this weekend, but I'm wondering what the setup looks like. How many booths are there? Are they organized? Are there lines? Is it going to be insane this weekend and I'm better off waiting for my local polling place on 11/8?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
A couple of weeks ago, the former Planned Parenthood office had signs advertising "Organic Used Electronics" to open November 1. Those signs are now gone, and instead we now have gaudy "Cash for Gold" and "We Buy Diamonds" signs, threatening a Grand Opening on November 15.

Perhaps gentrification is over?

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24 October 2016 @ 06:48 pm
Hey folks!

I live up near Powderhouse, close to Tufts. My roommate found a dog (small, dark fur, short fur, possibly arthretic?) with no information on the collar (just a skull and crossbones)

We don't know what to do and have places to be. Animal control is currently closed, apparently. Does anyone have any ideas, or know someone in south Medford who is missing their small dog?


Edited: We found the dog's owner wandering around late last night looking for him! Thanks for all your suggestions, folks!
23 October 2016 @ 10:56 pm
Hey guys, not quite Davis Square, but I figured folks would like to know if they haven't heard, the last gay bookstore in Boston is closing this Friday.  They're selling off their inventory, and from Tuesday til Friday the 28th, they're open from 12 to 6.

I'm planning to make an excursion to try and get as many of their old out-of-print gay comics that I can.  So many good businesses closing their doors... :(
21 October 2016 @ 01:40 pm
Announced at the Ward 4 Resistat last night.

From their website: http://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/winter-hill/

After two years of community process, we’re happy to announce that the Winter Hill Plan is to the next step! Click here to download the plan. We’re releasing the plan today, October 20, for the Planning Board to review. They will discuss the plan at a public meeting on November 3, 2016 (The meeting will be at 6:00 at the VNA Community Room at 259 Lowell Street). If you have any comments on the plan send them to [redacted]@somervillema.gov.

More details over there, this is just an appetizer.
20 October 2016 @ 10:38 am
I need to get a clasp on a necklace replaced, really simple, the kind of thing that's cost me about five bucks at various bead stores over the years. Last time I went to Boston Bead Company in Harvard, but they've apparently closed. Anybody know of a local place that could do such a thing? I'm striking out on google.
20 October 2016 @ 12:49 am
October 20-22, 2016

Nave Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

Thursday and Friday, 6 pm-8 pm
Saturday, 2 pm-6 pm

Each November, the Nave Gallery in Teele Square hosts the Wrap Around Sale, a sale of handmade knitted/crocheted/sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

We’re kicking off this year’s sale with a special pop-up at the Nave Annex in Davis Square. Stop by and get a head start on gift giving with beautiful handmade items.

Learn more about making items for the sale: http://navegallery.org/wp/knitted-crocheted-sewn-donations/
The cleanout of my aunt's apartment continues. Is there some place in the Greater Camberville Area that I could drop off donations TONIGHT (Sunday) of (all unopened):

* feminine hygiene supplies
* hair dye
* stationery, esp envelopes
* napkins, ziplocs
* children's board books

Also it turns out she was stockpiling acetominiphen (tylenol) so we have many unopened and unexpired bottles. Suggestions?

Writing on the Wall
Poetry Reading with Neil Callender
Sunday, October 16
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Reading, discussion and community reception
Nave Gallery, Teele Square
155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville
Once a year, the Nave Gallery collaborates with the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church (CHPC) to create an exhibition centered on social justice, underscoring the assertion that art is a vehicle through which conversations on social change can be held, compelling people to action.
This event is part of the Learn to Talk social justice series hosted by the CHPC in partnership with the Nave Gallery, and is part of the Wall to Wall: Art Builds Community exhibition.

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Still working on cleaning out my aunt's apartment: everything we disappear before the professional clean-out people come, the less we have to pay them.

1) Christmas decorations:

My aunt turned out to be into Christmas decorating, big time. Would anybody be interested in making off with her collection of decorations, wholesale?

We're not entirely sure what all is in there, but it seems to be tree ornaments and indoor wall decorations. I saw some boxes of traditional round red glass ornaments, and a pack of lights. We're not willing to go through it, ourselves, and are otherwise going to just pitch it all in the dumpster, not least because there may well be broken ornaments and glass shards in there - we found some crushed ornaments outside the boxes, already.

If you are willing to take the whole lot, sight unseen, potential broken glass and all, let me know and we can drive it down to the Davis Square area, Sunday night. We'd probably have to deliver to your place, because I can't take receipt at mine, and I don't know when exactly that would be.

2) Perfume:

My aunt accumulated a collection of perfumes. I want to confirm with her that she doesn't want them any more (and she may not be allowed to wear scents in the nursing home). At which point these would be free for the taking, later in the week or next week. If someone is interested in getting the whole batch, please let me know.
15 October 2016 @ 11:17 am

..but Oat Shop is taking thier place...

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15 October 2016 @ 10:02 am
Anyone have any details?
My elderly aunt has recently and abruptly had to move into a nursing home, and I'm helping out with breaking down her apartment. I found her trove of scarves, which she no longer wants. I suspect they're something somebody would love. They're very 1960s-to-1980s, bright colors, bold patterns, some I think silk. Also ribbons and sashes.

If that hypothetical person exists and is reading LJ, and replies very soon, the whole sack of them is theirs for the asking - but you have to take the lot.

ETA: just found her hat collection. I had no idea. These are also free for the asking.

Davis square area pickup.
14 October 2016 @ 11:14 am
Multi-family yard sale this Sunday 10/16 from 10am to 2pm on four streets in the Davis Square area: Hall Ave, Francesca Ave, Rogers Ave, Highland Road. I know there are at least 5 houses on Hall Ave participating.

Antiques, pet supplies, clothing, cookbooks, musical equipment, toys, children's items, books, yoga equipment, baseball cards, kitchenwares, household goods, and more!

13 October 2016 @ 10:37 am
If you are in the Ball Square area (or within their delivery area) today is the day to try Eat@Jumbos!   A portion of their daily sales will be donated to The Post-Meridian Radio Players!

So you can support a local business and local arts!  Eat@Jumbos has wings, pizza and sandwiches as well as a huge vegetarian/vegan selection.  And their one of the few places in town that has a soda selection that rivals the PMRP stand.  ;)
(seriously they have the full Tower Root Beer selection, Jones Soda and even Saranac sodas)

You can order at www.eatatjumbos.com, give them a call at 617-666-0000 or drop by 688 Broadway in Somerville’s Ball Square.   The promotion lasts all day from 11am to 10pm!

And don’t forget PMRP’s super creepy Tomes of Terror: Campfire Tales opens a week from Friday!  Wander over to http://campfire.pmrp.org to check that out!
11 October 2016 @ 09:47 am

Since the Camberville city line is so close to DS, I thought I'd ask here (but admins, please remove or note if this isn't site-specific enough):

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10 October 2016 @ 03:28 pm
The chiropractor tag on this community hasn't been used in ages! Do you have a great chiropractor to recommend in the area, who is taking new patients? Preferably one who takes Blue Cross, if at all possible. Thanks.
08 October 2016 @ 10:40 am
Sunday, October 9, 2016; 11:00 am
Nave Gallery Annex (Davis Square), 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA
Do you want to march in the HONK! Parade with us this year?
Join our group, Let it Snow! Save the North Pole! Santas Against Global Warming, in Davis Square, Somerville on Sunday, October 9 to march in the 2016 HONK! parade. We are a group of artists and environmental activists, parents, kids and New England Earth dwellers who want it to be cold enough to snow every Christmas, and who want the north pole and all the habitats on Earth to remain habitable. We are putting fossil fuels on the naughty list.

The nights are turning crisp and the leaves are starting to fall.  The wind plays with the trees, making the shadows dance along your window.

All the signs and omens proclaim one thing….Halloween is coming!  And that means it’s time for another macabre march to The Post-Meridian Radio Players show of fear and surprise.
But this time we’re leaving the library and going out for some fresh air.  To enjoy a lovely nature walk and perhaps see some of nature’s wonder.  For this time PMRP is not down in the back halls or darkened reading rooms.  Oh no…this time we present Tomes of Terror: Campfire Tales!  A collection of bone-chilling tales of ghosts and madness, murder and mystery.  Everything to make you huddle just a bit closer to the safety of your s’mores.

Join us from October 21st through Saturday the 29th as Tomes of Terror: Campfire Tales reigns over Responsible Grace Church in Davis Square.

Stories both classic and new will greet you as we provide the greatest audio drama live on stage!  And of course we’ll have our classic retro candies and sodas available.
So come on down with us into the woods.  Only $15, $12 for seniors and students.  Costume contest with prizes on the 29th!

For more information please visit http://campfire.pmrp.org.  
This would have been in a very specific area, right near the corner of Dover and Orchard Streets (the side closer to Meacham than Day). It might have fallen out onto the street as I was getting into a car at around 11:30 am this morning. If anyone finds, it please message me? I can buy another camera, but I am heartbroken over the lost photos on the memory card.

Edited to add: THE CAMERA HAS BEEN FOUND! Thanks to anyone who sent good thoughts. I'm so relieved!

According to email from the city, Elm Street will be closed from Dover St. to Cutter Ave. on Saturday from noon to 9 pm for the Honk! Festival.  In previous years, the street has remained open for the festival, but the city decided this year that the crowds of people would be safer without traffic.

As usual, the street will also be closed for the Honk! parade on Sunday, from 10 am to 1 pm.

06 October 2016 @ 03:05 pm

HONK!: Deconstruction of Joy is a photography exhibition coinciding with HONK! Fest 2016. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase images encapsulating the energy and joy that takes place during the HONK! Fest.

Leonardo March

Thursday, October 6, 2016; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

October 6-22, 2016

Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

Thursday & Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday  2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Mike Cipriano, Greg Cook, Josh Dietrich, Richard Lanier, Leonardo March, Joseph Maxwell, Tim Plenk, Gilead Tadmor, Julie WIlliams-Krishnan, Chris Yeager

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06 October 2016 @ 09:27 am
Quick update on the Solarize Somerville program, with a deadline notice. But there are 2 other things for folks that don't require you to own a sunny roof.


We are up to 45 neighbors and 239 kW of solar power! Our goal of a donated array is in sight!

Coming up on a deadline: to get the pricing associated with the Solarize Somerville program, you need to complete your site visit by October 31. There are a couple of weeks after that to turn around the final paperwork. But if you've been musing about this, now's the time to schedule your visit. Just try it: there's no obligation, and you'll actually have the data to look at and decide. Go to our Solarize site and click the "Consultation" button to set this up. http://www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize.html

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I have no idea what "Organic Used Electronics" are, but a sign on the former Planned Parenthood door (next to Chipotle, on the private Davis Square Plaza) says that such a store will open on November 1.
04 October 2016 @ 07:26 am
I haven't seen anything about it except for a couple of yard signs, but I gather there's a question on the ballot about construction of a new High School. I didn't see a link to it on the city elections department page, and I haven't seen it discussed here. Anyone have info or opinions?

we don't have a tag for 'elections' or 'politics'? I'm surprised.
03 October 2016 @ 09:38 pm
The owner cites "very serious health issues" in her Facebook announcement, which is worth reading in full.

(in this earlier post, she mentions both ALS and chronic Lyme disease.)
30 September 2016 @ 09:44 am
Orange Leaf posted on Facebook that today will be their last day of operation because their lease is up. (And everything is 50% off today.) This was news to me! Am I the only one surprised? (Edit: seems like this must have been sudden, because as recently as Sept 8 they posted on Facebook that they were looking to hire two new people.)

With the recent closing of iYo, this leaves quite a froyo gap in the square all of a sudden!? Has froyo had its moment and now become uncool? :(
28 September 2016 @ 03:55 pm
Mem Tea is now open for business in the former Stellabella Toys location on Elm St. next to Harvard Square Eye and Diaper Lab.
Heya Davis Square Livejournal!

Wanted to extend an invitation to an event happening next week in your neighborhood:

Come celebrate on Monday October 3 from 6-8PM in Seven Hills Park with sprout, Powderhouse Studios, and XQ!

As you may have heard, we just received a big award from the XQ Institute to help make Powderhouse Studios — formerly the Somerville STEAM Academy — happen! We've got a lot of work ahead, but we're going to take some time to celebrate with:

+ XQ's mobile bus exhibition about the future of learning
+ participatory music from School of HONK
+ creative projects with Parts and Crafts
+ and delicious food and drink from Redbones.

All are welcome at this free, public event! More details here.

Let me know if you have any questions,
and hope you can join us for the fun!
27 September 2016 @ 11:30 pm
Hi Folks,

Here's a fun, beneficial event in it's 6th year that's sponsored by our friends at First Church Somerville:

DRAG GOSPEL FESTIVAL 2016 Benefits the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force!

Sat. Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m. at Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston. Drag Show! All ages, no cover, love offerings and tips benefit the Task Force

Sun. Oct. 16, 10 a.m., First Church Somerville, 89 College Ave, Davis Sq, Somerville, Drag Gospel Worship! All welcome. Brunch after. Come in drag or come as you are! Love offerings benefit the Task Force

“The higher the hair, the closer to God.”  - Dolly Parton
James Adams/Serenity Jones jamesadamsatfirst@yahoo.com

It’s back! It’s wilder, weirder, and wackier than ever! DRAG GOSPEL FESTIVAL is blazing with bling, dripping with dazzling drag divas, and loudly, proudly full of PRAISE!
All to benefit the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force, which helps LGBT asylum seekers fleeing homophobic persecution in their home countries. Often victims of rape and torture, they are legally unable to work in the USA for a year or longer while they seek political asylum. The Task Force gives them a safe home, food, and other basics of life until they receive a work permit and can legally support themselves.

On Saturday, October 15, the drag divas mix it up at Club Café, Boston! All ages show in the glamorous environs of Boston’s most famous LGBT-friendly club. Featuring: Drag Festival Mama, Serenity Jones; magnificent MC and scintillating songstress from NYC and Philadelphia, Sapphira Cristal; special Guests Mizery; Kamden T. Rage, and others TBA! (To Be Admired, that is).  Soulful sounds from Project Soul and more!
Wear your dancing shoes! Bring lots of dollar bills to tip the drag queens. All tips and love offerings benefit LGBT Asylum Task Force.

On Sunday, October 16, join Drag Gospel Worship and “get dragged to church!” You’ll never think of church quite the same way again. Come as your favorite drag king or queen or come as you are – all welcome! Love offering for the Task Force. Brunch to follow in the fellowship hall.
27 September 2016 @ 02:15 pm

iYO Bistro (formerly iYO Cafe) has closed.  I know not why.

A Japanese and sushi restaurant called O'Ginger has opened at 263 Elm, the former location of Pinkberry and (briefly) Yumi Hot Pot.

26 September 2016 @ 07:18 pm

Today is the first day back in business.

26 September 2016 @ 07:13 pm
The High Holidays at Havurat Shalom are a wonderful, intense, prayerful experience. They are also free! We do not have tickets. Everyone is welcome! We hope you'll join us.

Contact us for disability access info or requests.

Rosh Hashannah 1st day

Sunday October 2, 6:00 pm

Monday October 3, 9:00 am

Children's service 11:30 am.

Rosh Hashannah 2nd day

Monday October 3, 7:00 pm

Tuesday October 4, 9:00 am, including creative (non-liturgical) Musaf service

Yom Kippur

Tuesday October 11, 5:45 pm
followed by a study session The Perishability of the Flesh

Wednesday October 12, 9:00 am, including Yizkor (Memorial) service

Children's service 11:30 am.

Havurat Shalom
113 College Ave
Somerville MA 02144

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26 September 2016 @ 01:01 pm
[From the city web site: http://www.somervillema.gov/alerts/early-voting-hours-location-now-available .This is not absentee voting--it's regular voting, just flexible days. It doesn't require any kind of excuse.]

In 2016 the State of Massachusetts will hold an early voting period for the first time. This gives residents the option to skip election day lines and vote during the 12-day early voting window. Residents who do not wish to vote early can still visit their usual poll location on election day (Tuesday, November 8).
Early voting will take place in Somerville from Monday, October 24 to Friday, November 4 in the Board of Aldermen Chambers at City Hall:
Somerville City Hall
Board of Aldermen Chambers (2nd Floor)
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

Early voting poll times are listed below (note that early voting times only apply to the City Hall/Board of Aldermen Chambers polling place):
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 2 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
22 September 2016 @ 07:47 pm
Does anyone have any info on the duration of the roadwork in and around Davis? When combined with the roadwork around Porter Sq., the traffic has been a hairball of mythic proportions this week, and getting from Winter Hill to North Cambridge an exercise in frustration.

Relatedly, is there any way to get better coordination between Somerville road maintenance and Cambridge road maintenance?
21 September 2016 @ 11:37 pm
Redbones will have an Oktoberfest on Chester Street this Sunday, September 25 from noon to 6 pm. (rain date Sunday, October 2)

Unlike in some past years, this does not conflict with the HONK Parade and Harvard Square Oktoberfest, and it appears to involve only Redbones and not other Davis Square restaurants.
21 September 2016 @ 04:26 pm
It's been "Closed for Vacation" for weeks, with no indication of a reopening date. Anyone know more?
21 September 2016 @ 12:44 pm
SolarizeHi neighbors: I send out a periodic newsletter with updates on the program. You can sign up for those at the Solarize Somerville site. But I thought I'd post this update here as well for folks who might not be on the list. There are various links and a video, I'll put it all below the LJ cut.

Program site: http://www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize.html

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21 September 2016 @ 08:25 am
Nimah Market, the Pakistani/Bangladeshi convenience store at Mass Ave and Rindge, just outside of Davis Square, unexpectedly closed. Not sure exactly when, but the space is completely cleared out. Surprising, as I was just there a week or so ago and nothing seemed any different.