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25 November 2015 @ 06:41 pm
from Boston Restaurant Talk: "McKinnon's Meat Market in Davis Square is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, though no other information has been given at this point in time. "

(Note that filing for bankruptcy does not necessarily mean the store is closing.)
25 November 2015 @ 08:54 am
I can't believe nobody has posted about this yet! Our very own ron_newman was featured in an article about LiveJournal in Scout Somerville. (The author contacted me as well, but I wasn't able to get back to him in time. Which is fine. I think it's well and good that this was Ron's piece.)

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Please join us at Flatbread Pizza in Davis Square tomorrow (Tuesday) night for theMOVE's end-of-year community celebration.  theMOVE (farmvolunteer.org) mobilizes diverse youth and young adults from across Metro Boston, including from Somerville's schools and youth programs, to learn about social justice and sustainability on local farms.  This is a family friendly event, all are welcome to join.

NO COST TO ENTER. Proceeds from all pizza sales will go to support theMOVE's powerful work getting urban youth out onto farms for the first time. We'll also have a silent auction with great prizes!

In case you can't make it over tomorrow night, two other options for you:
1. You can still ORDER HERE on the night of Tuesday 11/24 and get Flatbread pizza delivered to your home.  We will still get a share of any pizzas/flatbreads you order.
2. You can also bid online in our holiday silent auction at tinyurl.com/theMOVEauction. We have great prizes!  You can have your slice and eat it too -- supporting theMOVE and getting something of great value.  You can even use your winnings as a holiday gift.  You can also opt to receive text/email notifications in case you get outbid.

To learn more about theMOVE, please check out our 2-minute promo video at farmvolunteer.org/video.

Thank you!

With the holidays just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts! There’s no better place to find the perfect gift than at Somerville Local First’s Local is For Lovers Holiday Markets on November 29th and December 20th.

Our first holiday market takes place on Sunday, November 29th, from 10am to 3pm at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Avenue). This event is FREE and easily accessible by car or public transportation.

The market will feature 34 local vendors selling jewelry, accessories, paper goods, soaps, clothing, housewares, confections, home decor & records. A full list of vendors can be found on our Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1218189511540795/

DJ Studebaker Hawk will be spinning records and setting the vibe while you shop!
Our cat was out last night and didn't come around for breakfast this morning, her first missed meal that I can remember. She's friendly enough and shucked her collar a couple of weeks ago, so it's possible someone took her inside as a stray. If you see her, we'd appreciate a call (617 970 5953) or text! She doesn't travel far from home, but if she made it across Mass Ave, not sure she if she'd get back.

Our cat is safe at home again, thanks to a trip to the Boston Animal Rescue League. Being collarless, she was picked up near home and ended up across town. Took some driving and paperwork, but happy to say that's she's back. :-)

20 November 2015 @ 04:34 pm
If you are one of those second-and-fourth Thursday people (whose street doesn’t get swept on Thanksgiving), good news! The city is going to sweep your street on the Monday after Thanksgiving.  Yay! But don’t forget to move your car!
Tomorrow is the last day for the Union Square Farmers' Market, 9 am to 1 pm.

Next Wednesday, November 25, is the last day for the Davis Square Farmers' Market, which starts at noon. I'm not sure whether it will end at 5 or 6 pm.

The Somerville Winter Farmers' Market at the Armory starts Saturday, December 5, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. It will be open every Saturday through the end of March, except that it will not be open on December 26.

(The Cambridge Winter Farmers' Market starts on Saturday, January 9 and runs until the end of April.)
20 November 2015 @ 02:02 pm
Hi Everyone,

My friend, Stefanie, lost a very importance bracelet today in Davis, which has a lot of sentimental value. A generous reward is available. Stefanie can be contacted at 857-258-0355 or slwilson12987@gmail.com. Thanks for your help!


according to this Somerville Journal article from last month. It was already extended from a previous deadline of October 20. (See also previous article from September.)

Anyone think they're going to make it? Me neither.
The 196 Elm Street location is the only one of their four that is closing.  A sign in the window says that everythng (except gift certificates and shipping/handling) in the store is now 20% off. 
Hi Folks,

I posted about a month ago, but not having much luck finding a roommate situation, so am posting again. Thanks for any leads!

I am searching for a shared living situation in a home that is within a 15-minute walk (max) to the Red Line (Davis Sq, Cambridge) or would also be interested in Union Square. I consider myself to be friendly, considerate, and clean and seek the same. I am mindful of other people's quiet times, clean up after myself, prompt with rent/bills. I tend to be out and about a lot, but at home I enjoy cooking, catching up with roommate(s), watching the occasional movie/documentary, reading, relaxing. I work at a nonprofit and enjoy community theater, meditation, live music, lectures, films, ... I'm looking in the $850/$900 price range for a share.
18 November 2015 @ 12:38 pm
at 263 Elm Street, where Pinkberry briefly was. Eater has a short article.

Yumi is not to be confused with Yummy, a Thai restaurant 3 blocks away on Mass. Ave. ;-)
Boston Eater reports that a Japanese restaurant called Sugidama has been proposed and given conditional approval by the licensing commission. It'd be located at 260 Elm St. (the pedestrian arcade containing Starbucks, Boston Tattoo Co., Davis Square Family Practice, etc.)
17 November 2015 @ 12:45 pm
I'm looking for a real estate agent that can I help me sell my one-bedroom condo between Davis & Ball Squares. I live across the country, so they would have to be good at working with a seller who is not local and willing to work with me to get the house staged (if necessary), cleaned up and any fixes that need to happen. Any recommendations?
We live on one of the many dead-end streets here in Somerville. For the past untold number of years, the very end of the street has essentially accommodated three parking spots: one against each curb, and one in the middle. I have seen this set-up on other dead-end streets I've visited or come across.

Recently we received a ticket for parking in that middle space that was marked as "double parking- 100% blocking." Yes, as if it were a through street and not parked in front of a fence and earthwork berm that couldn't be driven through if you tried.Read more...Collapse )
12 November 2015 @ 06:44 pm
In an interesting development that is sure to put the mayor in an awkward position, Wynn wants to build a footbridge over the Mystic river to connect the Wynn casino site to Assembly Square. I know the possibility of a bridge has had support from people who don't even plan on visiting the casino, but according to our mayor: “A footbridge would benefit Steve Wynn and Steve Wynn only."

Read more at http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/12/wynn-resorts-footbridge-span-mystic/2i7jPr6hCYwSjTCsWwoxpI/story.html
Some folks may know about The Long Now organization: http://longnow.org/
The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

Check out their past seminars to get an idea of the topics they cover: http://longnow.org/seminars/

It's been up and running for a long time in San Francisco. But those of us on the east coast feel left out of the seminars and events (although I do stream many of the talks and enjoy those, at least before I fall asleep).

Anyway--some regional fans of Long Now are beginning to organize a local chapter for talks and events. The inaugural meeting will be Tuesday, Nov 17, 6:30pm at The Burren. We'll be clustering out in the front area somewhere, not sure how big this will be just yet. From the email I got:
With no agenda, this is simply an opportunity to meet other area Long Now members and have a casual discussion about what we'd like to see in a local Long Now group - and get to know each other.

If you know and like this organization, or might like to hear more, gather with us. If we have a quorum and sufficient interest, maybe this will be a regular thing. More formal organizational stuff to come.

For readers who don't know Davis well:
247 Elm Street, Davis Square,
Somerville MA 02144
11 November 2015 @ 09:01 am
I'm looking to re-roof my place; probably about 3 years after I should have re-roofed it, and am looking for recommendations.
10 November 2015 @ 08:26 pm
Theatre@First is thrilled to announce our next mainstage show!  Told through a series of Greek myths, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses is a timeless tale of the transformational power of love. Twelve actors will take on eighty roles, from gods to monsters, in this Tony Award-winning ensemble play. Actors of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicity are encouraged to audition. Join Artistic Director Elizabeth Hunter for a fun and challenging theatrical adventure in 2016.

For more information and to schedule your audition, please visit our website.

December 1-2 at Unity Somerville

April 8-16 at the Davis Square Theatre
Don't miss your chance to be part of an unforgettable show!

And don't forget to catch our current production, The Importance of Being Earnest, performing Nov 12-21 at Unity Somerville!

Learn to be a Winter Cyclist or Improve your Winter Biking Skillz!

What: Winter Biking Clinic!
Where: Sprout (339R Summer St. Somerville)
When: This Thursday 11/12 at 7:00-9:30PM

Join Femmechanics’ own winter riding veterans for an evening of tips, tricks, commiseration and advice! We’re hosting an off-bike clinic, so no need to have a bike or experience riding – femme, trans and women (FTW) cyclists and bike-curious folks of all abilities are welcome!

We’ll cover bike setup, clothing and cargo, safety and behavior, and winter bike maintenance to get you through the season. Did last winter’s weather crush your riding soul and leave you looking for new tricks to try? Have you never ridden beyond the beach, but are thinking about giving colder weather biking a try? Entirely new to biking and not sure if you should wait until next Spring to start? Join us!

We’ll leave plenty of time at the end of the clinic for open networking and casual Q&A with our most enthusiastic winter riders – bring us your questions and share your concerns! Your bike doesn’t have to hit Craigslist just because the snow is coming, and the MBTA is not your only option.

See you out there!
A banner hanging in Statue Park advertises the Dancing America Rapper Tournament to be held next Saturday. Most of it is in bars (Burren, Joshua Tree, Redbones, and Saloon), but there will be "an unjudged warm-up dance" outdoors in Davis Square from 10 to 11:30am. EDIT 11/12: Looks like the warm-up has been moved indoors, to First Church Somerville.
Boston Globe article

"City Sports, the Boston athletic retailer that filed for bankruptcy in October, is set to be purchased by a company that will close the chain’s stores and liquidate its assets.... going-out-of-business sales would begin on Friday"
Erin Butcher, artistic director of Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company, posted a long essay to Facebook about her experience producing The Winter's Tale outdoors in Powder House Park this summer. I am reposting it here with her permission, because we live here and this shouldn't be happening to people in our community.

Musings from our Second Season Part 1:
Why I will never do another All- Female outdoor show again.

My company’s second season has come to a close. We produced 2 all- female shows: The Winter’s Tale by Mr. Shakespeare and Miss Penitentiary by Laura Neubauer. These shows were put up quite close to one another time-wise which made for a very high stress few months. And now that it’s over I have a bit of time to reflect, think about what I learned, and plan our next step.

One thing I know for sure.

I am never producing another outdoor All- female show again. Ever. And neither should you.

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On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lancedavisforward6/posts/1125063967522358

EDIT: The Somerville Journal has more details: http://somerville.wickedlocal.com/article/20151103/NEWS/151108457

Davis took 66% of the vote. All of the at-large incumbents won re-election.
On Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13 Healthy Tomorrow will hold its annual tree and rug sale at Unity Church, 6 William St (along College Ave, 4 blocks from Davis Sq.) from 11am to 4pm. Proceeds will go to fight female genital mutilation in Mali. Trees are Balsam firs from Nova Scotia and rugs are fairly traded tribal and oriental style rugs from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and other countries. To learn more, see www.StopExcision.net or or contact (617) 776-6524 or SusanBMcL@gmail.com with questions.
Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz invite you to attend the Ward 6 ResiStat neighborhood meeting on Thursday, November 5, at the Somerville Community Baptist Church at 31 College Ave. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will include an open Q&A with the Mayor and City staff, neighborhood and city updates, neighborhood crime stats, and other important information.

Please also join us before the meeting from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for pizza and a chance to speak one-to-one with City officials.
02 November 2015 @ 12:54 pm
If you live in Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, or Boston, you are having a municipal election tomorrow. Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. To find out where your polling place is, fill out this form.

The rest of this post is about Somerville, because I don't know much about elections in the other cities.

Mayor Joe Curtatone is unopposed. Six of the seven incumbent ward aldermen are unopposed. Four of the incumbent School Committee members are unopposed.

In Ward 6, where incumbent Rebekah Gewirtz is stepping down, the choice is between Lance Davis and Elizabeth Weinbloom. Click on the local politics tag for extensive previous discussion of that race.

All four aldermen-at-large are running for re-election: Jack Connolly, Mary Jo Rossetti**, Dennis Sullivan, and Bill White. Only one challenger is running, Sean Fitzgerald, who also ran in 2011 and 2013. You can vote for up to four candidates. Here's a SCATV interview show with all five candidates (thanks, dougo!)

Three wards have School Committee contests. For more information on them, you may want to look at the Somerville Times' recent Meet the Candidates article.

Ward 1: Steve Roix (incumbent) vs Ken Salvato*. Salvato has unsuccessfully run for office at least four times, including for School Committee in both 2003 and 2013. He doesn't appear to have a web site.

Ward 3: Lee Erica Palmer vs Vivaldo Meneses Jr*. (Incumbent Adam Sweeting is not running for re-election)

Ward 4: Jamie O'Leary vs Andre Green. (Incumbent Christine Rafal is not running for re-election)

* I couldn't find any web site for these candidates
** links to a Facebook page, because I couldn't find a real web site for this candidate
Over the past few weeks there have been some meetings to refine some of the neighborhood discussions around improvements to Winter Hill, including events that we might have. Due to scheduling conflicts, I missed the meetings. But I have been getting the mailers, so I thought I'd tell you what I know from this. It sounds like we will have a winter market event. I think this is a genius idea to brand Winter Hill. If you've ever been to European Christmas Markets, it sounds like that to me. I have always thought that was a big gap in this region.

My only disappointment was that "skate park" seems to be skateboard. I would *love* an ice skating rink. Maybe that's just the only icon they had...?

So for the details I have on the Winter Hill Better Block event, follow below the LJ cut.
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31 October 2015 @ 05:05 pm
The election for Ward 6 Alderman (plus other local offices) is this Tuesday. Aside from two leaflets in my door last week, I have heard almost nothing about this election since the preliminary back on September 17.

Has this been the experience of others?

After the preliminary I anticipated Lance Davis being the heavy favorite to win the general election, but with little campaigning leading to little voter interest leading to low turnout, who knows what will happen. I certainly didn't expect Elizabeth Weinbloom to place 2nd in the preliminary, and now she has the endorsement of the Somerville Journal and Somerville Times (for what that's worth). Davis had more votes than everyone else combined on September 17, but who can say if the same people show up to vote on Tuesday?
31 October 2015 @ 09:51 am
Does anyone have suggestions for a good gutter cleaning company?
30 October 2015 @ 06:01 pm
Please support them, such a great independent business! So tasty!
30 October 2015 @ 09:27 am

Theatre@First is proud to present

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Ron Lacey

Unity Somerville, 6 William Street at College Ave

Two friends use the same pseudonym for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

Arguably the wittiest play ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's most well-known and entertaining play. It is a farcical comedy of half-truths, Victorian-era satire, and general confusion packed into a play about love. Don't miss out when this incredible cast takes the stage!

$15 Adults/$12 Students & Seniors

Friday 6 November
Saturday 7 November
Thursday 12 November
Friday 13 November
Saturday 14 November
Thursday 19 November
Friday 20 November

Saturday 21 November

For more information & to reserve tickets, visit us online.

29 October 2015 @ 12:30 pm
Neighbors, I am very sorry that I have to move away from Davis and off of public transit. I need to buy a car because my motorcycle is not going to be an option this winter. I'm selling my 2004 Buell Blast:

28 October 2015 @ 08:13 pm
Walgreens announced yesterday that it is buying Rite Aid

A national story, but with local implications. Walgreens and Rite Aid are a block apart in Winter Hill, so one of those stores would surely close or be sold to a competitor. And Walgreens recently failed spectacularly in Porter Square.

If the merger goes through, it would result in the fourth name for the Highland Avenue drugstore in 15 years. That store started out as Osco Drug, then Brooks Pharmacy, then Rite Aid.
27 October 2015 @ 01:48 pm
Hi all,

I checked the tags and couldn't find anything on what I need: someone to fix the wooden frame of my futon/couch. Parts have started to separate from each other and I think all that needs to happen is to knock them back together and, I dunno, re-glue them or something, but I don't know how to do that. Do we know of anyone who would do it without wanting to move the thing to their workshop?

Thanks for any advice you may have!
25 October 2015 @ 07:49 pm
Kids from the Benjamin G. Brown School "Roots & Shoots" club will be in Davis Square on Monday, October 26th from approx 3:15-4:15 Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF.  Find a kid with an orange UNICEF box and give them some change if you have any to spare.  Kids from the school may also bring UNICEF boxes while trick-or-treating on Halloween night, so have some change waiting by your candy bowl if you want to donate.

Since it's almost Halloween, please allow me to re-post last year's PSA on behalf of the estimated 7-12% of American children with food allergies who will be trick or treating on Saturday.  The choice between a snickers bar and a peanut butter cup seems awesome to someone without allergies.  Not such a great choice for kids allergic to nuts, dairy or eggs.  Buy whatever candy you want as leftovers, but please consider also buying a bag of something allergy friendly. Fruit flavored things are more likely to be safe  (skittles, starburst, lollipops, mike & ikes, dots, twizzlers, swedish fish, fruit snacks, laffy taffy, nerds, smarties, jolly ranchers)  Little toys and other junk are great too.   If you really want to be allergy-friendly, check out the Teal Pumpkin Project http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.  Thanks!
20 October 2015 @ 02:50 pm
Can anyone recommend any awesome Halloween events happening this weekend or next in Somerville?

From the City's website:
Alternating odd- and even-side parking takes effect for winter 2015, with switch to even-side parking beginning during 2016-17 season.

So nothing is different this winter, but next winter people will park during snow emergencies on the even side of the street.

See more at: http://www.somervillema.gov/news/somerville-change-snow-emergency-parking-policy#sthash.B3IUPVgi.dpuf

They'll be giving away free chips & salsa, horchata, and Jamaica beverages, as well as selling two tacos for the price of one.

More details
18 October 2015 @ 04:08 pm
Just saw the boarded up window at Pepe Boca this afternoon. Does anyone know what happened?