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Originally posted by goingtohaul at 2bd, 1bath apartment, walk to Davis $2400/mth
Thought I'd list my apartment here as I've had bad experiences w/ local rental agencies...

2 Bedroom, 1Bath apartment for rent, excellent location in North Cambridge.
$2400/month. Available 8/1 or 9/1.

2nd floor of owner occupied quiet 3 family house. Just off Mass Ave & walk to Davis or Porter Square Red Line T. On dead end street.

Full living room, full dining room, Kitchen w/ dishwasher & disposal, walk in pantry, wood floors throughout, private front & back porches overlooking landscaped backyard. Coin laundry & storage in basement. Just off Minuteman bike path. Possible parking for additional fee.

1st & last month required w/ 1 yr lease.
No pets (allergies). No smokers.
References, credit check required.

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It Ain’t Just Fluff: Co-Creating Great Places
A conversation with Mimi Graney and MaryCat Chaikin, founders of Relish Management
Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m.
@ Aeronaut Brewing Company (14 Tyler St., Somerville)
Tickets are free, but space is limited, so get yours today.
Come early for a delicious bowl of local food from Canteen & Co. Menu details to come!
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29 June 2015 @ 07:08 pm

Tuesday, June 30, 5:00 pm-closing
Facebook event page

Flatbread Pizza
45 Day Street, Somerville, MA
Click here for info on reserving a bowling lane

Flatbread is kindly helping the Nave out by hosting one of their community nights in our honor. For each pizza you get, the Nave gets a piece of the pie. Help us raise funds for programming, and help us continue to provide important spaces for local and regional artists to experiment, collaborate, and showcase their work.

Online and to-go orders included.

This year, Somerville's annual pre-Independence Day fireworks will take place on Thursday, July 2. As always, the fireworks will launch around 9:15 pm from Trum Field, on Broadway between Ball and Magoun squares.

A street party on Broadway will precede the fireworks, with entertainment starting at 6 pm from the Somerville Sunsetters, Booty Vortex, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers,the Boston Windjammers, and “Somerville Idol” Tammy Rego.

See the official city press release for full information on street closures and parking restrictions.
A construction crew has demolished the interior wall separating Dunkin Donuts from the rest of the building. The regulars never got a chance to say goodbye.

I'll miss their $1 afternoon "happy hour" specials.
29 June 2015 @ 11:34 am
I recently rebuilt my deck and the flashing around the 2 doors going out to the deck needs to be repaired/redone (only the lower half of the flashing). Any recommendations on who can do this job? It's a pretty small job it seems, but don't have the tools to do it ourselves. Thanks.
29 June 2015 @ 11:06 am
Our landlord is having bad luck finding a handyperson to replace the one who apparently retired. They either don't return calls or they flake on commitments. Does anyone have a good handyperson to recommend? This is mostly small interior repair work, a little flooring, wall repairs, etc. Thank you!
due to rain. The Somerville Bicycle Committee and Somerville Historic Preservation Commission hope to reschedule it for some time this fall.
26 June 2015 @ 11:39 pm
I've never been to this store, but people have repeatedly praised it in this community. So I'm bringing you the sad news that it is closing this summer.
26 June 2015 @ 05:19 pm
Join us as we descend upon Davis Square at 6:30 pm to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to give same-sex couples the right to marry across the land! Bring your biggest rainbow flags and help us celebrate this happy, happy day!

Here's the link to the Facebook invite from Jenn Sakogsky
Current Mood: happyhappy
26 June 2015 @ 03:58 pm
From Mon., June 29 through Thurs. morning, July 2, a production crew will be filming scenes for an upcoming movie in the Magoun Sq. area. For this work, parking restrictions will apply on Broadway between Medford St. and Cedar St., and you may notice large trucks and other vehicles in your neighborhood, though they should not cause any significant delays or other issues for residents in these areas at most times.

Filming will take place primarily inside a private business. However, beginning at approximately 8 p.m. on Wed., July 1, a small portion of Medford St., between Broadway and Lowell St., will be closed to all traffic until approximately 2 a.m. on Thurs. “No Parking” signs will apply beginning at 5 p.m. Detours for vehicles are as follows:

Cars traveling east on Broadway to Medford St. will be detoured onto Hinckley St. to Richardson St.
Cars traveling west on Medford St. will be detoured onto Central St. and Norwood Ave.
Cars on Lowell St. will be detoured at Vernon St. and Richardson St.
Somerville Police personnel will be stationed in these areas to assist with any traffic or safety issues.

If you have questions or concerns during this work, please contact Assistant Location Manager, Jeremy Fiske, at 508-864-6422.
Current Location: Magoun Square
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Kim English
Boston reports that a Simon's coffee shop may be replacing the closed Kindred Tea & Tonic, next to Johnny D's.

(Kindred is the most perplexing business failure I've ever seen in Davis Square. After two and a half years of planning and construction, it sort of opened last December, only to close less than four months later.)
Join the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Somerville Bicycle Committee for a fun bike ride exploring Somerville's new "green" initiatives with the theme "Food, Flowers, and Farming: All Flourishing Anew in Somerville". The ride begins at 2 pm this Sunday, June 28, at Somerville City Hall.

The ride is geared for all ages and riding levels, and it will be escorted by the Somerville Police. There will be a few rest stops as well.

A $3.00 Donation is appreciated, and refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the ride at Aeronaut Brewery!

(This ride was originally scheduled for May 31, but was rained out. Let's hope for better weather this time! If we get rained out again, this will probably become our fall Tour de Somerville in September or October.)

For those of you who like Facebook events, here's ours. And here's a map of our route.
25 June 2015 @ 09:27 pm
Is there anywhere in the Davis Square area where one can buy Manic Panic? The only place I know of is Sally Beauty at the Twin City Plaza, which isn't all that convenient.


from a MassDOT press release I just received:

The Green Line Extension Project (GLX) wanted to inform you of emergency overnight work scheduled for tonight and continuing possibly through the weekend.

GLX Construction activities at the School Street Bridge in Somerville interrupted power yesterday, June 24.  Though power was restored yesterday, it is Eversource's intent to work around the clock from 5PM this evening until the power lines are repaired. This work will be done in conjunction with the School Street Bridge work & lane closure which began in April 2015 and should not require a full road closure.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. This work is an important step in bringing the Green Line from Cambridge to Medford and Somerville. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or

25 June 2015 @ 12:46 pm
Apparently there will be a recurring food truck gathering/beer garden this summer at Powderhouse park (aka Nathan Tufts Park):

5–8pm Tuesday nights

  • Bon Me

  • Teri-Yummy

  • Papi's Stuffed Sopapillas

  • Frozen Hoagies

​I'm not sure who's doing the beer garden or how that will work (presumably they'd have to fence off an area and set up tables?  I didn't see any sign of that this week, but the I arrived at 8:03 when things were closing down.)

All of Chester Street is now open, except for the sidewalk under the scaffolding. Diva has reopened. I have my doubts whether the Dunkin Donuts will ever reopen.
24 June 2015 @ 06:03 pm
Apparently the Community Credit Union (in that new building next to Rosebud) was robbed yesterday, amidst all the construction issues in the square.
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24 June 2015 @ 05:02 pm
Hi -
Some bricks fell out of our fireplace chimney and the whole thing could use repointing as well. It's a low chimney, not our main furnace chimney, so doesn't entail roof climbing since there's access from our deck. Does anyone have a recommendation for a trustworthy brick worker? We've used two over the years and not been happy with either one. Thanks !
23 June 2015 @ 05:08 pm
Jersey barriers are being put up around 240 Elm and pedestrians are already being allowed to walk on the other side of Elm. Of the businesses across a street from the building, only Diva and maybe Redbones are still closed. I just got a 311 call saying Elm reopens at 9pm and Chester might reopen tomorrow.
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23 June 2015 @ 12:09 pm
I just noticed in the Boston Globe article about the structural issues of the Social Security building this morning that it states that Roche Brothers has pulled out of moving into that space. That's the first I've heard about it falling through, and I'll be disappointed if it's true.
Current Music: The Connells'- '74-75
22 June 2015 @ 08:35 pm
Updated on the city's Facebook page.  tl;dr: Avoid Davis Square at all costs if you are on wheels.  If you are a pedestrian, things might not be much better.  This sounds like an absolute nightmare.

Davis Square traffic update: The closure of Elm St., between Dover St. and Grove St. for all vehicles, will remain in place until further notice as structural work continues on the façade of the building at 240 There will also be no access for pedestrians on Elm St., between Chester St. and Grove St., during this work. Starting at 5am (Tuesday morning) the following temporary detours and traffic pattern changes will go into effect:

• Highland Ave. between College Ave. and Grove St. will become a two-way street.
• Vehicles traveling east on Holland St. may take a right onto Dover St., or continue onto Highland Ave.
• Vehicles traveling west on Highland Ave. may continue onto Holland St., or right onto College Ave. Cars will not be permitted to turn left onto Dover St.
• Vehicles traveling into Davis Sq. on College Ave. may only turn right onto Holland St. Cars will not be permitted to travel straight onto Dover St. nor take a left turn onto Highland Ave.

Somerville Police will be stationed in this area to assist with detours, and message boards will be placed in Teele Sq. and at the Powder House Rotary. If at all possible, please seek alternate routes, particularly during morning and evening rush hour commutes: Updates will be provided as they are available.

From Somerville's facebook page:

Effective immediately, as a precautionary measure, due to structural work occurring on the façade of the building at 240 Elm St., Elm St. between Dover St. and Russell St. will be closed to all cars, and there will be no access for pedestrians between Chester St. and Grove St. until further notice. Detours in this area will direct traffic right onto Dover St., left onto Orchard St., and left onto Russell St. back to Elm St., however we advise all commuters through this area to seek alternate routes until further notice.

Somerville Police will be stationed in this area to assist with detours. Updates will be provided as they are available this evening.

According to one Twitter user, some scaffolding on the side of the Social Security building has collapsed.
I just got a 311 call saying that Elm St is closed from Chester to Grove right now due to reconstruction of the facade of (presumably the building above Dunkin Donuts), including all pedestrian traffic which I guess includes any businesses unlucky enough to be located on that stretch of Elm. And that they would provide updates as needed on when the road was reopened. It said it was due to the construction, but given the zero warning about it I assume that something unplanned happened? Or did these businesses have warning that there was going to be a complete lack of access "until further notice?"

Anyone know what's up?
22 June 2015 @ 11:31 am
The folks who run Morrison House B&B are finally almost done with work on a second location down the street. They are now taking reservations for October and forward.

I'm not associated with them, but my mom has stayed at Morrison House a bunch of times and enjoyed it. I'm assuming the new place will be up to their usual standards.
17 June 2015 @ 10:17 pm
In the last few months, I have noticed a large number of rabbits in the area. They're all over the bike path between Davis and Cedar and now I see them running around between houses. Any thoughts on why there are so many these days? Does it have anything to do with fewer rats in the area? 


SPONSORED BY: Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang

Developer Steven Caruso, his Attorney Richard Di Girolamo, and Architect Peter Quinn will present the plans and answer questions.

WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015, 7:00 P.M.
PLACE: Visiting Nurse Association, 3rd Floor Community Room, 259 Lowell Street, Somerville

Note to community members: This will be an important project in the heart of Ward 5 and Somerville. 231 Lowell Street is near the coming Green Line T station, the Lowell Street bridge, and the Community Path Extension temporary end point.

For more information contact:
Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang
617-629-8033 or
Current Location: 231 Lowell Street
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Howie Day
Someone's been putting these on cars near me, as well as in my apartment building lobby. Anyone know more about the issues involved here? I'm guessing this has something to do with last week's fatal construction accident at Assembly Row.

Profits Over People?
Income Inequality?
Somerville Deserves Better!

Federal Realty Investment Trust
has decided to
on wages and benefits

Please call Don Briggs @ (617) 684-1500
And let him know our Community will not stand for
Federal Realty Investment Trust
To Choose Profits over People in Somerville!

Building and Construction Trades Council
of the Metropolitan District
#goodJOBsomerville #incomeINEQUALITY

Tufts University plans to construct a 100,000-square-foot academic building above the MBTA’s College Avenue station in Medford, along with a footbridge that will connect the new facility to the Medford/Somerville campus.
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Hi friends:

As many of you know, I'm on the Board of SLF and we host a prom every year. This is just a fun, awesome, dress-up and dance kind of event. It's at Cuisine en Locale on June 26th and will ROCK.

Consider this your official invitation. It's going to be awesome. We'll have fun SLF cocktails, awesome Back to the Future-themed decorations, a photo booth, a DJ Begbick. It will ROCK.

This year, it's also a Safe Zone, so we're really excited about that.

What: 1950's: Back to the Future prom
When: June 26, 8pm-12am
Where: Cuisine En Locale
Why: TO DANCE (and love local, obvi)
How: Buy tickets today! (next few ticket purchasers get free tix to The Training Room)
Current Location: The 1950's
Current Mood: Feisty
Current Music: The Crystals
On Monday, June 15, Tufts University along with Somerville, Medford, and State public safety teams, will conduct a routine emergency preparedness training exercise. Starting at 7 a.m. police vehicles, ambulances, and fire engines will be deployed on and near campus. All activities will be simulated. They are not a response to an actual emergency. Emergency vehicles taking part in the training will not use lights or sirens when moving about, but may use them within the restricted exercise area.

The exercise is scheduled to end at noon, but emergency vehicles will be on campus into the afternoon while participants review the exercise. The exercise will be similar to an exercise held 2 years ago. Activities will require that Professors Row be closed from College Avenue to Packard Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tisch Library will be closed until 2 p.m. For more information visit .

(copied from City of Somerville's Facebook page)
this e-mail (and presumably robo-call) went to some people, but not to me. Someone re-sent it to the STEP (pro-Green Line lobby) e-mail list, so I'm posting it here too.

I don't know if pedestrian and bicycle access through and across this area will be maintained during the closure. I've asked some folks, and if I get an answer I'll edit it into this post.

Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with
important information regarding road closures in your neighborhood.

In order to construct a raised crosswalk on Cedar St. at the
intersection with the newly expanded Community Path, the section of
Cedar St. at the Community Path will be closed to all traffic from
Mon., June 15, through approximately Fri., June 19. Work will be
conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; however, this
section of Cedar St. will remain closed at all times during this time
period to allow the structure to properly set. Please follow posted
detour signs.

The newest section of the Community Path between Cedar St. and Lowell
St. is expected to open in July.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 311 (617-666-3311).
14 June 2015 @ 09:27 am
I'm over there twice a week for bootcamp, and on Saturdays for free yoga, and I only accidentally found out about this farmers' market yesterday.

I'm not going to check it out today because there's a giant walk-a-thon thing going on that looked like it was going to be too crowded for my tastes. But I'll be going to future ones to check it out.

Also: can I have an Assembly tag?
Because I just replaced my Epson printer with a newer model, I have a bunch of Epson 60 ink left over that I no longer need or can use. Would any of you out there like some for free? If so, comment here or send me an LJ private message.

Magenta - 2 unused, 1 partly used
Cyan - 1 unused, 1 partly used
Yellow - 1 unused, 1 partly used
Black - 1 unused, 1 partly used

I also would be happy to get rid of the no-longer-working Epson CX4200 printer that used this ink. Right now if I turn it on, all of the green and red lights flash and the alphanumeric display shows a red E, so it won't print or scan. The waste ink counter is not full (I ran a program to check this).

If anyone wants to tinker with it or cannibalize it for parts, it's yours for the taking. You will need to carry it away yourself, as I am forbidden to lift anything greater than 10 pounds while recovering from eye surgery.

ETA 6/19/15: At Jim Baab's suggestion, I gave this to Parts & Crafts so that kids can take it apart and perhaps reuse its components to build something else.
Current Location: Day Street, 02144
Current Mood: Recovering
Current Music: Getting Better - The Beatles
I've been out of the loop for a while, largely because of night classes on top of a day job. Can anyone point me to a place I can get information about why there are people demonstrating against Alderman Jack Connolly outside the T in the mornings? Their movement doesn't seem to have a web presence that I can find. Has campainging season for this November's election already started, or is something else going on? He's been in office for a long, long time, so I could understand this just being a push to remove someone so entrenched. Based on the euphamisms for "gentrifier" in his own web presence, and the fact that the people demonstrating against him seem to be locals in blue-collar jobs, I'm inclined to assume that the protesters are a good authority on the question of whether he's good for working families. I vote in Medford, so even though he's at-large rather than associated with a particular Ward, I don't actually have a say, but I'd like to be informed.
12 June 2015 @ 09:06 am
I noticed in the last couple of days that Pat's Towing in Union Sq. has emptied their lot and put up a sign that they have moved. Where did they go? Nothing is updated on their web site that I can find.

It's information I hope I never have to use, but it's good to know where the tow lot is when they take your car.
12 June 2015 @ 04:38 am
There is a community meal tonight at 31 College Ave in Davis at 6pm open to all.
The food is all organic, when possible, and prepared by a professional chef.  There is no charge for the meal --many of our guests cannot afford to dine out, we are funded by donations and formal fundraisers but no one will ask you pay.  We really appreciate it when members of the community come out and socialize with our regular crowd, hence the "community" theme...Hearty Meals for All HMFA is on Facebook if you want to check it out...have a great weekend.
Does anyone know what is going in here?
Looking for a friendly roommate to share a comfortable, beautiful home in Medford Hillside - $837.50. Available August 1 - possibly earlier.

Me: Female, 40's, artist/designer. Very clean and organized. Very responsible. Mostly vegetarian. Friendly and respectful. Left leaning, energy conscious and environmentally friendly. Open to sharing the occasional meal or coffee, but enjoy my alone time too.

You: Female or gay male, 30+, non-smoker, no pets (allergies). Easy-going and responsible. Very clean, communicative, and considerate. Seeking a similar situation...

Apartment: Owner occupied 2 family house. 13.5 x 13.5 bedroom with ceiling fan and 2 long but narrow closets. Living room, office, sunroom & small side porch. Kitchen has microwave, toaster oven, dishwasher, gas stove, and hook-up for a stackable washer dryer.

Minutes drive/bike to 93, Mystic Parkway, Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Davis and Porter Square. The 96, 80, and 94 buses are 5-6 minutes walk away. Easy street parking - no permit required.

I have most household furniture and supplies (except the w/d) but have pared down to the essentials and those I love. Room for some more (chair or loveseat, desk) but prefer a zen home to an overcrowded or cluttered one.

09 June 2015 @ 04:08 pm
I got a new fancy drier, and so no longer need to old, less fancy one. Anyone want it for use or scrap? Specs: 10+ years old, newly repaired, works fine, gas drier - Maytag of some flavor. It's in the basement, and you'd need to come lug it out through the bulkheads. Free!! If interested you can e-mail me at mberbeco at (Conveniently located between Davis & Ball Squares)