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I had missed this news, but Eater reports that the owner/chef of Commonwealth, Steve "Nookie" Postal, has signed a lease to take over the former Subway on Elm St. and create a new restaurant. He hasn't announced what it is yet, but I really like what he's done with the Commonwealth space, so this is awesome news.
Info quoted from: http://teph.org/summer-breeze-block-party/ Sounds like a nice event for kids. There's a bit more detail over there and additional links and contacts for interested folks.


Sunday, August 7th from 11:00am-4:00pm, The Elizabeth Peabody House presents:
The Summer Breeze Block Party!

This will be a free event open to the public, with:
Face Painting!
Moon Bounces!
And much more!

Tours of all of our programs will be offered, and there will be live musical performances by the phenomenal children’s musician Susie Burke.

Whether you’re a current EPH family, interested in an EPH program, or a resident of the greater Somerville area, this will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our neighborhood and foster a deeper connection with each other and our community.
28 July 2016 @ 12:15 pm
I was woken up last night by a very short (but bright and beautiful!) firework display.  They were likely in the direction of Trum Field.  I looked at the clock since it seems kinda late and it was midnight.  Did anyone else hear/see them?  Was I hallucinating?   
28 July 2016 @ 09:50 am
Does anyone know what's happening with the land on Somerville Ave, where they were talking about putting a new fire station? I haven't seen any updates on it and am intensely curious.
27 July 2016 @ 09:45 pm
Hi guys,

I'm looking for an Oreo Carvel cake. Star Market in Porter Square didn't seem to have any Carvel products; just Friendly's.

Any leads? I'm hoping for something T-accessible, but I'd be willing to take a cab if that's my only option.
On Thursday 5:30-7:30pm at City Hall:


    After Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone denied a request from a city police union to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall, the union announced it will hold a rally to protest the banner's "disrespectful" message, according to a release from the Somerville Police Employee's Association.

Personally I think their doing this will make lots of people trust them less, fear them more, and increase danger for everyone, including police. I wish they'd call it off.

Worth noting that the chief of police supports the mayor putting up the banner, and the union is initiating this protest, not the police department leadership, as far as I can tell.
It’s a brunch + concert + makers market! Looking for something hip and local to do in the Boston area on a hot summer Sunday? There’s no better place to shop local, eat local, and support local music than at Somerville Local First’s Music & Makers Event on August 7th.

We will be kicking off the day at 10am with a Strength Training for Runners Workshop hosted by local fitness studio THE TRAINING ROOM, followed by a 3.1 mile run led by local run club, RUNFELLOW at 11am. The makers market opens 11am and runs until 4pm, with music by The Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (classic country, 50s and 60s standards) from 12-3pm. This event is held at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Avenue) in Somerville, MA, and is FREE, easily accessible by car or public transportation.

The following local vendors will be selling food, jewelry, accessories, art, ceramics, perfume, clothing, spices, and more! The bar will be open so you can sip while you shop!

Check out our Facebook invite for an updated list of confirmed vendors: https://www.facebook.com/events/255265371526654/
Current Location: Arts at the Armory
Current Mood: Loving Local
Current Music: The Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs
24 July 2016 @ 01:39 pm
All claimed, thanks!

I'm moving soon and am taking the opportunity to get rid of some stuff that's just been collecting dust in storage, and I could think of no more likely group of people who might want a working iMac G3 (Indigo Color). Runs System 9.1 and comes with a bunch of old games and applications, as well as a vintage humorous cat picture I downloaded in 2003 or so. I've also got a bunch of old shareware sampler CDs and a 3.5" external floppy drive that I can't guarantee is in working order.

Also giving away: a box of comic books, about 1/2 Dark Horse Presents, 1/4 stupid 90s grimdark stuff, 1/4 assorted recent publications. Not suitable for kids (the books that *are* suitable for kids have a taker).
Hi all,

Just spreading the word about the Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK).

The Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK) is a bicycle repair cooperative/collective where members of the community can repair their own bikes, learn about bike repair and attend bike events!

We're totally community run and funded and open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday nights 6-9pm @ 229R Summer Street, Somerville. (in the Sprout space).

Come by to talk bikes, learn about bike repair, participate in bike events and, of course, to use our tools to fix your bike!

Hope to see you there!

21 July 2016 @ 10:08 am
Anyone have moving company recommendations? We're moving a 1BR apartment's worth of stuff.
Solarize Mass Somerville is a community initiative to increase the adoption of solar power for the city's homes and businesses. There's a press release out with a lot of the features of the program: http://www.somervillema.gov/news/solarize-campaign-sets-goal-200-somerville-property-owners-commit-install-solar-panels-0

The next big event is next Tuesday July 26, 6pm, at the TAB building, 167 Holland St., it's an evening of informational talks by representatives of the MassCEC (Clean Energy Center), the selected installer for Somerville SolarFlair, and the city's volunteer Solar Coach Mary Mangan, and we will help residents to understand some of the basic of solar power, the program benefits, and the process of going solar.

The Solarize website has been updated: http://www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize.html You can check the maps and see if your house is suitable for solar. There are other project-related things to explore as well.

Please share the information with your networks to help us Solarize Somerville.

Intro video for the project is below the lj cut...Read more...Collapse )
The Nave Annex has an alternative process photography show going on until August 6.

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

Lindsey Beal, Lynné Bowman Cravens, Sage Brousseau, Myles Dunigan, Nina Earley, Kia Elena, David Emitt Adams, Diane Fenster, Adam Finkelston, Angela Franks Wells, Amy Friend, Silke Hase, Brett Henrikson, Scott M. Hilton, Devon John Chebra, Marky Kauffmann, Hannah Kirkpatrick, Paige Kooyenga, Sarah Lazure, Joli Livaudais, Aly Maderson Quinlog, Erika Masterson, Karen Molloy, Beverly Rayner, Michelle Rogers-Pritzl, Tony Sehgal, S. Gayle Stevens, James Wigger, Carrie Witherell, Michael Yurgeles

Full details: http://navegallery.org/wp/mirror-with-a-memory/
I am sorry to report that long-time DSLJ participant Stephanie Clarkson, who used the LJ handle thespian, died this morning (Tuesday, July 19) at Mount Auburn Hospital after a long illness. She was loved by many of us here, and she died much, much too young.
19 July 2016 @ 02:26 pm
Eater.com reports that "Plans for Davis Square Donuts and Bagels have been scrapped and the space appears to be up for lease with items in the store covered in plastic wrap." The shop was supposed to open in the Community Credit Union building, next to the Rosebud.

Earlier posts about this: July 15, 2015 | July 9, 2015
I received a telephone survey this afternoon regarding a potential ballot question this fall that would raise property taxes to pay for the new Somerville High School. This is the first I'd heard that a so-called "Prop 2½ override" was being considered, which, I believe, would be the first such vote in Somerville's history. Does anyone have more information about this?

Background on the new school here: http://www.somervillema.gov/highschool/
17 July 2016 @ 03:40 pm
So, my household is doing some amount of "spring" cleaning (we're late) and just got through a good portion of the kitchen, and realized we've been holding on to empty spice/jam jars (mostly Penzey jars, with a few other similar spice jars and some small jars from friends who make jam) which we're not going to use. (We also have an assortment of loose leaf decaf "tea" (mostly fruit and herb infusions) that we're not going to use, if anybody wants those.) Please write to davis-square@waks.org to inquire or set up a time to pick up any of these.
16 July 2016 @ 05:38 pm
Hi Folks,

Hoping for advice on this one. I have a place in Davis Square that I'm renting out and we have an old drier (not hooked up, but does work ok) rotting the basement. I'd love to get rid of it, but no one on craigslist wants it for scrap or use and every junk place I've called think that a single drier isn't worth their time to haul away. Dragging out to the curb and getting a ticket for garbage to pick up a large item isn't possible for a variety of reasons that I won't go into.

What other options do I have? Advice would be welcome - and if you've had to deal with this before living in the Davis Square area and have a recommendation of someone local who could help out, I'd appreciate it.
15 July 2016 @ 06:15 pm
Don't forget to stop by the Brown School PTA booth at ArtBeat tomorrow for your 2016/2016 Brown School Community Card.  Still only $10!  For those of you that don't know about it, the Brown School Community Card gives you discounts at local businesses.  You can use the card multiple times at each business for an entire year.  Thanks to our new sponsor SunBug Solar, the entire $10 purchase price goes to the Brown School PTA.  The Brown School (located at the corner of Willow & Kidder Ave) is Somerville's oldest public elementary school.   New this year:  Comicazi (save 10%), Magpie Kids (save 10%) and Somerville Bread Company (save 15%)  If you can't make it to ArtBeat, the cards will be for sale at Mr. Crepe, Davis Squared and When Pigs Fly Bread later this month.   Complete list of discounts hereCollapse )
Hello neighbors:
We wanted to let you know that very soon we'll be making the big announcements about the program, and the educational outreach activities are about to begin. So be sure to stay tuned for dates and locations where you can hear about the features of the program, it's coming very shortly.

Like other Solarize Mass communities, we will be offering residents a way to obtain solar PV for their homes in various manners. This can be outright purchase of a system, or with Mass Solar Loan assistance, or through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). A PPA is an agreement where the system is owned/maintained by a third party financier and then a homeowner purchases the power that's being produced on their roof for a lesser rate than what they are currently paying their utility. These choices can reduce the cost of green power for you. We hope to help you decide what might be right, if you are interested in solar power.

If you have been considering solar, you should think about acting soon. The state's Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is making changes to the SRECII program, which is where "Solar Renewable Energy Credits" are assigned value. SRECII will stop taking new projects, replaced by an SRECIII program. We don't have the details for SRECIII yet. But if you want to obtain solar under the existing incentive structure, you have to act before January 8, 2017.

You can sign up on our web site to be notified as soon as our real launch goes out publicly, or check back there soon for the press release and other details: http://www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize.html. So be sure to watch for email notices soon, and our city Solarize web site will begin to reflect the program features as well.

If I got your name from previous conversations, you should be in my "interested residents" file and have received this by email.

Thanks for your interest.

[This can be shared with your social media networks if you want to tell your friends and neighbors.]

I'm the volunteer solar coach, Mary.
July 13th Meeting and Lecture: Hostas!

Hosta collector and Lifetime Master Gardener Mary Arnberg will give a talk titled Hostas: The Practically Perfect Perennial. Arnberg will both educate and entertain with up-to-date information on hosta favorites, new and old, as well as tips on how to grow them well, and use them to advantage in your garden.

Arnberg’s own garden includes a collection of over 500 hostas. She has served as co-president of the New England Hosta Society and is a Senior Hosta Judge, as well as a Garden Performance Judge for the American Hosta Society. She will illustrate her talk with hostas from Cochato Nursery in Holbrook, MA, which specializes in shade plants and wildflowers. These plants will be for sale after the program.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

The Garden Club will also be at ArtBeat on Saturday July 16th. Stop by to learn more about our organization and how you can get involved.

11 July 2016 @ 12:50 pm
EDIT:: He's home!! I did another sweep just after midnight and found him on Morrison Ave. Thank you all so much for the ideas and extra eyes!!

Somerville, please help me find my son's cat before he comes home from camp today!

Mashga is the love of his life. He's an indoor kitty who loves to try to get into the downstair neighbor's apartment. Last night he escaped not only out the front door but out the enclosed porch door too.

Mash has a chip, but no collar. Yes, I am an asshole for not making him always wear a collar. Yes, if he never comes home I will never forgive myself. Beat me up in the comments, please just keep an eye out for the little guy?

I have been walking around the neighborhood for hours looking for him, nothing yet. I'm at Morrison Ave between Boston Ave and Pritchard. Since he went out last night when it was quiet and dark, I'm looking everywhere from Porter Square to Ball square in a circle.

If you see him, or are able to grab him, please email me at lisa@hms.harvard.edu or call me at 617-372-4373. I'll be out putting up fliers and shaking a bag of food if you want to say hello. I've called animal control and porter sq vet, and am posting on twitter and facebook too.

Thank you, neighbors.

Current Mood: worriedworried
11 July 2016 @ 11:09 am
Can you recommend a good (local) car mechanic?  Diagnostic code suggests ignition system problem. Late 90's Toyota. Many thanks.
We have started the process of looking for housing for an elderly relative with disabilities. Having already spoken with Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, we have the overview of what is available.

I was wondering if anyone here has any advice based on their experiences. Any place to avoid? Any recommendations? Any handy hints or suggestions? Nearby facilities outside of Somerville?

08 July 2016 @ 09:35 am

Get the next LandLine ride on your calendar! LandLine is MAPC's vision to connect our greenways and trails into a seamless network. The plan has been developed in coordination with the LandLine Coalition, a group of 40 volunteers representing a number of local agencies and advocacy groups.

What: Mystic River- the final frontier of waterfront path and park development in Metro Boston! This ride will include beautiful spaces along the Mystic and Malden Rivers as well as projects in the works to expand and connect the network*. Bruce Kulik of the Medford Bicycle Advisory Committee will be co-hosting and Jay Monty, Transportation Planner with the City of Everett will be joining to share the latest in Everett.

When: Wednesday, July 13th, 5:30 pm (end by 8 pm)

[more details over there]
This is a completely frivolous question, but I'm curious if anyone has an opinion on who makes the best buffalo chicken wrap (or sub) in the Davis and surrounding areas. I'm frequently craving one, and haven't been satisfied with places I've tried lately. Cambridge House of Pizza (on Mass Ave) did an okay one but the quality lately has really slid (last time they gave me BBQ sauce with it instead of buffalo sauce!). Christo's uses grilled chicken, which is healthier, but doesn't satisfy the way a fried chicken cutlet would.

So, anyone have a suggestion/recommendation?

Just got an email from the Cambridge PD, emphasis mine:
During this busy travel season, the Cambridge Police Department would like to remind ATM users to be aware of skimming devices at area ATMs. These skimming devices are being used as part of an ongoing scheme by thieves to steal account information from customers and to defraud banks. On July 1, 2016, a skimming device (card reader) was located by a customer using an ATM at a local convenience store in Cambridge. The device was attached with double-sided tape. The pinhole camera was located on a plate over the money dispenser area.

These devices are well built and appear to be part of the machine. Customers are asked to take special attention to the card reader dome, and either look over the pin pad area or the money dispenser area for any pinhole camera device.

The Cambridge Police Investigations Unit is actively following up this incident and asking patrols to periodically check ATMs in local convenience stores, gas stations, and other locations.

“If an ATM appears to have been tampered with, please report it right away to the local business and the police,” stated Detective Brian O’Connor of the Cambridge Police Department.
They link to this handy info graphic for basic explanation of skimming.
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05 July 2016 @ 08:24 pm
Cross-posting from reddit, as per request over there. https://www.reddit.com/r/Somerville/comments/4reqor/this_extremely_friendly_floof_somerville_ave_near/?st=iqa51nun&sh=0be41f69

This extremely friendly floof, Somerville Ave near La Ronga / Forge / Samba. Does anyone recognize him/her?


This floof is extremely outgoing, may have been wearing a collar until recently from the way the fur is around the neck, looks healthy though maybe a little on the under-weight side, loves all the pettings, super energetic and playful, sheds like absolute bananas....and very, very much wants to come into the apartment. I had trouble coming back in without letting them in...and then it sat there and mewed and pawed on the patio door. They're still hanging around, exploring the porch area, and occasionally staring me down and letting out the most sad Meeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwws. Auuuuuugh, kitteh!

Does anyone recognize this kitteh? I've never seen them around before...I may call Somerville Animal control, but wanted to see if anyone recognized 'em.
The Red Line will be replaced with buses between Kendall and Park Street stations for the next two weekends, July 9-10 and 16-17, because of the Longfellow Bridge reconstruction project. I think they are temporarily moving the Red Line tracks on the bridge again.
I got this list from the Mayor's office. It should be on the city website soon. All films begin just after sunset.

July 7: Spaceballs - Seven Hills Park
July 14: The Peanuts Movie - Seven Hills Park
July 21: Napoleon Dynamite - Perry Park (Washington St just east of Dane St)
July 28: Airplane! - Nathan Tufts (Powder House) Park
August 4: The Seven Year Itch - Baxter Park at Assembly Row
August 11: Pee Wee's Big Adventure - Hodgkins Park (Holland St)
August 18: Zootopia - Seven Hills Park
August 25: Viewers' Choice - Seven Hills Park

The Viewers' Choice ballot is at http://SomervilleMA.gov/MovieFest . Choose from: The Lego Movie, School of Rock, Tommy Boy, or Wayne's World.
30 June 2016 @ 11:23 am
This adorable, sociable cat just adopted me. No collar, solid color. Any clues as to a home?

Between Davis and Ball squares.

I also just posted this to nextdoor.com where I see it's likely the same cat spotted in Ward 2 yesterday.
29 June 2016 @ 09:00 am
I haven't seen a post on this recently and I originally had Comcast (now xfinity), prices went thru the roof and switched to RCN a couple of years ago.  My internet connection is not as reliable (both speed and dropped connection) as I like so I am considering an offer from xFinity. I know I need to ask specific and detailed questions to figure the true price.  Any thoughts on digital tv, higher speed internet and reliability for either provider.   If I am going to do this, I want to do it before the September rush!
28 June 2016 @ 07:30 pm
I know soon plastic bags themselves will be phased out from all stores, larger first then small, before the end of the year and these bags wear a recycle triangle. But also increasingly companies are shipping goods with the plastic air filled bags to protect the shipped products (like amazon) which also sport the cool recycling triangle. My question is what is the city policy on the shipping bags and other plastic like bags (paper towel,toilet paper) that are sporting the recycling triangles - can we just throw them in the recycling bin with everything else? I did use The Waste Wizard but it seemed to generalize the plastic bags and not include the number icons; I feel like if it has a recycle icon I want to be able to put it somewhere other than the trash.
Current Location: Spring Hill
Current Mood: Humid
27 June 2016 @ 11:03 am
ETA: Thank you for all the help everybody! I did find somebody who was very happy to get a piano for their new place, and I got additional inquiries, so if you've got a piano that needs a new home, there are people in Davis looking for pianos.

I have been trying for some time to find a good home for the upright piano in my living room, and have decided to make one last try before I just call GOT-JUNK or the like to have it removed.

The piano has good action and tone, and holds tuning well (was still quite playable 5 years after being moved into my living room with no tuning at any point). However, it is not a pretty piano, being scruffed up and dinged (originally classic black).

It is free to anybody who will take it away, or if there is a charitable organization that can give me a tax deduction for the cost of having the piano moved, I'm willing to arrange for movers. Please contact me at fenicedautun at gmail if you are interested.

[For those that are interested, this was a friend's piano who asked me to store it for 1-2 years as she found and moved into a new place. 3 years later I asked when she wanted it back, and she told me she had no intention of reclaiming it.]
Devastated to learn that the young cyclist hit in Inman Square yesterday died of her injuries. Heard on NPR that she worked at Diesel. The Cafe's FB page says they closed early today to mourn their friend. So incredibly sad.
Like most new parents in MA, I've got serious sticker shock over the cost of daycare, especially at larger facilities (as opposed to home daycare). I'd really like to send my future baby to daycare in the neighborhood, just to avoid having to take an infant onto the T.

Bright Horizons and Kindercare are seriously expensive. Looking at the State directory of daycares, I see that some of the in-home ones are easily half the cost.

My question is: Have any of you used in-home daycare in or around Davis Sq? If so, where did you send your child, and would you recommend the place to others?

I would appreciate any additional thoughts or tips that you might have. Thanks, everyone!
A sign in the window of Goodwill says that they will close in early July for renovations, reopening in August. Everything in the store is 50% off.
I saw a poster in Davis Square announcing a 'Crustafarian' reggae music and pizza festival in Seven Hills Park, tomorrow (Saturday 6/25) from 1 to 5 pm. It is sponsored by the new Oath Craft Pizza.

I can't find a real web page for this festival, just this Facebook event.
The city's annual pre-4th-of-July fireworks display will take place at Trum Field next Thursday, June 30, at about 9:15 pm. As usual, a street party on Broadway will precede the fireworks, starting at 6 pm, this year featuring the 215th Army Band, local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers, and the Somerville Sunsetters.

Also at Trum Field, the city's annual Family Fun Day will happen this Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 pm, featuring community BBQ, pony rides, train rides, children’s activities, face painting, music, and more.

Full details, including traffic and parking restrictions, are in this official city press release.

(A note on the Subject line: we've been using it, or some variation thereof, ever since josephineave first posted it in 2008.)
Mike at the sit-in. Good stuff!



"I joined Members of Congress from all over the country, including Rep. John Larson of Connecticut, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Rep. Robyn Kelly of Illinois on the floor of the House today, demanding action on gun control legislation. We simply want a vote on closing the gaping loopholes in current background check laws and on keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. While I think Congress should do so much more to address gun violence, these two issues really should unite us all. It is ridiculous that someone on the terrorist watch list can’t get on an airplane, but they can buy a gun."
21 June 2016 @ 08:44 am
Thanks for the updates on pricing and recommendations a new hot water heater.  Does anyone have advice about considering a tankless system compared to traditional.  The plunber said there wasn't a big price difference which surprised me.