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11 February 2016 @ 07:11 am
The writing, reference, and foreign language books have all been taken--thanks to the takers!

History, psychology and other nonfiction coming soon.
 
 
11 February 2016 @ 04:09 am
My Google News sidebar just gave me pause:

City of Somerville’s survey finds people are happy living there

Study: Somerville residents fleeing high rents

This after coming home tonight from a meeting about affordable artists housing and the lottery for the Millbrook Lofts spaces.
Better odds than the politcally cowardly and regressive tax state lottery, I guess. And....  my landlord is finally planning to jack up my rent (though since my rent has been way below market rate, no fault to him, but it likely means it is time to move on. Waltham?).

Opps... TMI. Ah well. I lived in Wicker Park in Chicago when it was on the "cusp of cool" and then when it was cool. And then it peaked and many of us had tp move to Logan Square, Pilsen or wherever. Just how it goes.

Maybe Somerville Open Studios is a really, really BAD idea.... if artists want to keep living here ;-)

And the earlier link from Ron N. about the Lonely Planet story:
Somerville is one of the best places to visit in the country, according to Lonely Planet
 
 
Chase away the winter chill with the Somerville Garden Club.

Tonight we will be showing excerpts from “Urban & Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces,” a video made by Catherine Zimmerman and produced by The Meadow Project. The video focuses on the diversity of life inhabiting a meadow and the intricate connection between native plants, native insects and soil. Entomologist Doug Tallemy, and meadow experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weaner, and Neil Diboll are featured.

Following the video club members who have made meadows of their own will share their knowledge and experiences. There will also be light refreshments and a chance to ask questions about your own gardens.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public.

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.

Find out more by visiting our website:
http://www.somervillegardenclub.org
 
 
10 February 2016 @ 09:43 am
As a reminder, there will be a neighborhood meeting tonight (6:30-8:00 at 48 Grove St., Suite 304) regarding the proposed development at 88 Dover St. (next to the Ideal Auto parking lot).  The developer will present revised plans reflecting changes discussed at previous neighborhood meetings.
 
 
Local writer Mara Voorhees published an article for Lonely Planet extolling Somerville as a tourist destination. Her article mentions most of our cultural high points -- the Somerville Arts Council, Fluff festival, Honk festival, Porchfest, Illuminations Tour, Somerville Open Studios, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Brickbottom, Washington Street art studios, Museum of Bad Art, the annual Prospect Hill flag raising, Aeronaut Brewery, and Slumbrew.

Lonely Planet considers Somerville to be one of ten "most unexpectedly exciting places to see in the United States in 2016".
 
 
 
08 February 2016 @ 09:27 pm
As we often do before important elections, Davis Square LiveJournal presents a poll.
Which Presidential candidate do you prefer in the upcoming March 1 primary?

Remember that the registration deadline for the primary is this Wednesday, February 10.

(Note: Like our previous polls in DSLJ, this is not a secret ballot; individual votes are readable by all members of the community)

Feel free to post any comments that are relevant to the candidates or the primary election.

Poll #2036232 Davis Square Area Presidential Primary Poll - March 1, 2016

Which presidential candidate currently has your support?

Hillary Clinton - D
12(18.2%)
Bernie Sanders - D
39(59.1%)
Undecided Democrat
13(19.7%)
Jeb Bush - R
1(1.5%)
Ben Carson - R
0(0.0%)
Chris Christie - R
0(0.0%)
Ted Cruz - R
0(0.0%)
Carly Fiorina - R
0(0.0%)
Jim Gilmore - R
0(0.0%)
John Kasich - R
0(0.0%)
Marco Rubio - R
0(0.0%)
Donald Trump - R
0(0.0%)
Undecided Republican
0(0.0%)
Other (indicate in comments)
1(1.5%)
 
 
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with snow-related information for Mon., Feb. 8.

Somerville's snow emergency will end as of 7 p.m. this evening, and normal parking rules will go back into effect. Vehicles parked in school and City lots MUST be moved within 2 hours of the end of the snow emergency. Cars not moved from these lots by 9 p.m. tonight may be subject to ticketing and towing.

Additionally, permit enforcement will resume at 9 p.m. Tuesday, so please make sure your parking permit is visible.

Property owners are reminded that they have 6 daylight hours after snow ends to clear sidewalks of snow and ice or you may be ticketed.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this storm. For more information on post-snow policies, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. For more information or to submit a non-emergency service request, please dial 311 or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or outside Somerville.
 
 
Hi folks,

These are available to a good home. Please let me know what you'd like.

German-language materials
Deutsch Heute (German Today): textbook, workbook, and accompanying CDs
German-English/English-German dictionary—standard paperback size

ETA: also, a whole stack of (handwritten) German-English flash cards.
--CLAIMED

Russian-language materials
Learn Russian the Fast and Fun Way
Russian-English/English-Russian dictionary—standard paperback size

books on writing
Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript (Cynthia Laufenberg)
How to Blog a Book (Nina Amir)
Writing Novels that Sell (Jack M. Bickham)
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anne Lamott)--CLAIMED
By Cunning and Craft [advice for fiction writers] (Peter Selgin)
The Writing Life (National Book Award Authors)
Essays on the Novel (about Sir Walter Scott and Jane Austen)
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way (Bill Bryson)
Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the U.S. (Bill Bryson)
 
 
08 February 2016 @ 12:44 pm
Community Note: Economic Development Zoning Meeting POSTPONED Due to Snow
Due to today’s forecast, the City’s public meeting on Economic Development as part of the proposed Zoning Overhaul Process has been POSTPONED. The meeting, originally scheduled for Mon., Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m., will be rescheduled for a later date. For the full meeting series schedule and additional information, visit www.somervillema.gov/zoning.
 
 
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with important snow-related information. A snow emergency has been declared effective starting at 5 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 8. To avoid getting a ticket or being towed, vehicles must be moved to the odd-side of the street (unless otherwise posted), or to a city or school parking lot by 9 a.m. on Monday. Because parking is not enforced on Sundays, you can begin parking in these lots immediately tonight, and may remain there until the emergency is over. If possible, please consider sharing driveways with neighbors to create additional parking spots for those without driveways.

Somerville Public Schools and all public libraries will be closed on Monday, and all recreation activities are cancelled. Trash and recycling pickup will remain on a normal schedule.

For more information about Somerville’s snow policies, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or from outside the city). In case of emergency dial 911.
 
 
 
07 February 2016 @ 03:03 pm
FYI Dosa n Curry, the excellent vegetarian Indian restaurant on Somerville Ave has finally reopened, I guess a couple weeks ago, I just noticed it this weekend and it is just as great as before.
 
 
Hello, this is Meghann Ackerman from the City of Somerville with information about the end of the snow emergency. Somerville's snow emergency will end, and normal parking rules will go back into effect, today at 9 p.m.

Due to the late hour, owners of vehicles parked in city and school lots will have extra time to move their cars from the lots. Normally cars must be moved within two hours of the end of the emergency. This time only, vehicles may be left overnight, but must be moved by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, so that the lots can be safely cleared of snow. Permit enforcement will resume at 9 p.m. on Saturday, so make sure your parking permit is visible by then.

Property owners are reminded that they have 6 daylight hours tomorrow to clear sidewalks of snow and ice.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this storm. For more information on post-snow policies, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. For more information or to submit a non-emergency service request, please dial 311 or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or outside Somerville.
 
 
During the months of February and March, first year MFA graduate students display work in sites in and around Boston. Four SMFA artists, Riley Allen, Hannah Bates, William Van Beckum and Thomas Radovich will be exhibiting their work at the Nave Gallery.

OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, February 6, 2016; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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LOCATION:
Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

EXHIBITION DATES:
February 6-20, 2016

GALLERY HOURS:
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm

Learn more: http://navegallery.org/wp/smfa-first-year-2016-part-one/

 
 
04 February 2016 @ 10:17 pm
(I don't know why the city is doing all of this for a minor little storm, but here it is)

Hello, this is Meghann Ackerman from the City of Somerville with important snow-related information that we suspect everyone was hoping to never hear again. A snow emergency has been declared effective starting at midnight tonight, Friday, Feb. 5. To avoid getting a ticket or towed, please move your vehicle to the odd-side of the street or a city or school parking lot by 4 a.m., unless otherwise posted. You may begin parking in municipal lots immediately.

Property owners are also reminded that snow and ice must be cleared from sidewalks, to a width of 36 inches, within 6 daylight hours after snowfall ends.

Somerville Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Feb. 5, and all Recreation Dept. programming will be canceled. Libraries will remain open and trash and recycling collection remains on a normal schedule.

For more information about Somerville’s snow policies and a map of snow parking lots, please visit http://www.somervillema.gov/snow. If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cellphones or from outside the city). In case of emergency dial 911.
 
 
The Zoning Board of Appeals approved Knight Moves in Teele Square at their January 20 meeting. (Earlier discussion here.)

The ZBA also approved Oath Craft Pizza at last night's meeting. The decision isn't published online yet, but I phoned the clerk today and she told me of the approval. (Earlier discussion mostly here, with some additional posts here and here)

The attorney for Opa Greek Yeeros requested that his case be continued until the next ZBA meeting on February 17. The clerk did not know why. I'm surprised by this, since the restaurant is ready to open and the owner was eager to get this process over with. (Earlier discussion here and here.)
 
 
 
04 February 2016 @ 07:54 am
Hi folks, my apologies for not being as prepared with lists as I thought I was. I've started sending lists to those who expressed interest. Bear with me, if you will! :)
 
 
The Green Line Extension Project Working Group will meet to hear from the State:

Friday, Feb 5, 10am-12pm
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave.

This meeting will be open to public comments. Please come show support for the Green Line Extension -- make sure your voice is heard as we fight for a Green Line Extension to serve our community.

You will also hear:
- Where things stand right now, including next steps and timelines

- Preliminary redesign concepts - an early peek at some of the
options they're exploring to bring down costs

- Project budget overview

Two proposals are of particular concern:

1. Eliminating the Union Square station. The substitutes considered -- shuttle buses, a commuter rail stop, single track light rail shuttle to Lechmere -- provide much less desirable service and could hamstring the planned development of Union Square / Boynton Yards. These alternatives had previously been evaluated and rejected during earlier planning.

2. Relocating the Community Path. Portions may be forced onto roadways shared with cars and trucks, and it is not clear how the Path could cross the Fitchburg Line near Brickbottom.


More info at www.somervillestep.org
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03 February 2016 @ 04:57 pm
Last night around 7 pm, someone falsely claiming to be from RCN tried to get into my across-the-hall neighbor's apartment. He said something about a problem in her apartment that was affecting service to the rest of the building. She did NOT let him in, and instead called both RCN and the building manager. RCN confirmed that they don't make visits like this after 5 pm.

So, be careful out there.
 
 
03 February 2016 @ 07:18 am
Hi all, I've got some books I'm decluttering--just too many of them taking up space in my house. I'd prefer to give them away rather than try to sell them. I've got some in each of the following categories:

--writing and reference

--science fiction and fantasy

--mainstream fiction

--pagan

--nonfiction (mostly history and psychology)

I don't want to clutter up this post with all the titles. If interested, please comment with what category or categories you're interested in and I will PM you with the list(s). Thanks!
 
 
03 February 2016 @ 06:28 am
This moving saga is getting.. complicated. The part of most immediate concern is that I can't take my cat with me when I move (badly allergic person at destination), and both my primary and backup plans for finding her a new home have failed. And so I'm offering her to you:

Shelby is a spayed female tortoiseshell...Collapse )

I'm looking for someone who's willing to adopt her, or perhaps board her for 4-6mo while DH and I sort out independent housing at our destination. We can supply all of her care items, as well as our current stock of food & litter. We'll be renting a van for move-related errands and can deliver if needed.

If you'd like to arrange to meet her, send me a PM and we'll work something out.
 
 
Current Mood: frazzled
 
 
 
01 February 2016 @ 10:40 pm
Free - large armchair. Covered in dark blue corduroy-type material. Approximately 36” square. Has lived in a house with a cat, some scratch damage on all corners that is easily hidden with a cover. Very comfy, about 9 years old. Originally purchased from Jordan’s Furniture. Here's a pic of it.

Reply here to claim, you pick up (I can provide a hand to get it to a vehicle). I'm in Somerville, about a mile from Davis.
 
 
In order to vote in the March 1 Massachusetts presidential primary, you must be registered by Wednesday, February 10. Voters who are enrolled in a party can vote only on that party's ballot. Registered voters who are "unenrolled" can vote on any (one) party's ballot. Doing so will not change your "unenrolled" status.

Use this form to check your registration status.

Use this form to register, change your party enrollment, or change your registration address. If you have a Massachusetts driver's license or state-issued non-driver's ID, you can submit the form online. Otherwise, you will need to print it out, sign it, and mail it (or bring it to City Hall).

More information on registration is on this page.
 
 
Current Mood: patriotic
Current Music: Rally Round the Cause, Boys
 
 
For the past 2 years or more there has been an ongoing planning process about how to renovate Lincoln Park. This mixed-use area will have school playground space, green space, a softball field and an athletic field sized for U12 soccer. The controversy centers on the athletic field - turf or natural grass?

Recently the city announced that they would go with natural grass. This is a reversal of course for the city, and seems primarily based on neighborhood opposition to turf and desire for natural grass green space (the latest turf plan would be synthetic turf using organic in-fill, not the used tire turf that some folks have health concerns about).

My view is that the park has a lot of greenspace already, but Somerville lacks sufficient recreation space. This would be a lit field in a heavily populated area that could get tons of use and even provide some permitting income back to the city. Instead, only youth soccer will be allowed to use it, and then only sparingly, to protect the grass. Somerville does not have a good track record protecting natural grass fields (anyone check out Conway or even Hodgkins lately?), and I fear before long Lincoln park will be back to its current dustbowl status.

My kids will be too old to take advantage of the U12 fields either way, but I hate to see the city making this kind of mistake. Recreational space is at a premium and should be open to all in the city. If you agree, you can help by signing this online petition or reaching out to your alderman or the mayor's office. Thanks!
 
 
The 1 bedroom/1 bath downstairs apartment in my owner-occupied 2-family house is available for rent as of the beginning of April, $1150/mo (utilities not included). It's a 1br in Somerville over near City Hall and Sarma. It's the first floor of a typical 3 story/2 family Victorian style Somerville house. Nice porch, fairly quiet one-way street, close to several bus routes. Oil heat and hot water. In-unit washer/dryer included. Gas stove. Not wheelchair accessible - there are a few steps up to the front and back (well, side) porches. Well behaved pets are okay. On-street parking - parking is generally available on the block.

ETA: No interior photos at the moment - I'll have them by the end of the week.
 
 
I found a flyer on my porch (not in the mailbox) advertising a meeting regarding the proposal of a mixed -use development in that space. The shop closed a few months ago as the
owners retired. The meeting will be held at the site 346-352 Highland Ave.

The flyer was tuck into my porch railing and I would have tossed it had not a neighbor alerted me to the flyer.
 
 
 
If you are a Somerville artist who would like to participate in this year's Somerville Open Studios (April 29 - May 1, 2016), the registration deadline is TOMORROW - Sunday, January 31 at 11:59 pm.

Go to join.somervilleopenstudios.org to register.
 
 
Looking for something to do on Valentine's Day weekend? Check out this hilarious opera playing in Davis Square February 12–14!

A uniquely morbid Valentine's Day experience: La Zombiata by Jillian Flexner, a brilliant new comedic opera in one act based loosely on Verdi's La Traviata and presented by WholeTone Opera. This production will immerse the audience in a romantic dystopia filled with brain noshing, ballroom dancing zombies.

Three Performances at Davis Square Theater!
Friday Feb 12th, 7:30pm
Saturday Feb 13th, 10:30pm + SPLASH ZONE!
Sunday Feb 14th, 2:30pm (matinee)

Buy Tickets Now!R.S.V.P. on Facebook!
Support our IndieGoGo Campaign!Read Previous Press!

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29 January 2016 @ 11:22 am
Not Davis Square per se, but probably of interest to folks in the area: "Pursuant to this directive, MassDOT and the MBTA are working together to develop and execute a 90-day plan that will result in a report to both the MassDOT Board of Directors and the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board on whether and how to proceed with the project."

http://greenlineextension.eot.state.ma.us/ for more.
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29 January 2016 @ 11:16 am
Sabertooth Vegan Bakery in Ball Square posted this morning on instagram and facebook that they were going on a "permanent vacation". The end date isn't firm but likely in the next two weeks. The facebook post is here: https://www.facebook.com/sabertoothbakery?_rdr=p None of the posts mention Taco Party closing, so I am assuming they will stay in the space.
 
 
29 January 2016 @ 10:28 am
ETA: Suspect apprehended in Everett and now in custody.

Just received this from the Somerville Police:

Early this morning, during a federal law enforcement operation, an 18 year old male Somerville resident who is a known criminal MS 13 gang member escaped federal custody while being transported in Somerville. A search is currently underway by the Somerville Police Department and federal agencies. The suspect is not armed and was handcuffed when he escaped custody. While there is not believed to be a threat to the community, please be aware that there is a heightened law enforcement presence, particularly in the Union Square area.

The suspect, Gabriel Castillo Perez, is 5 foot 8 inches tall, 150-160 pounds, and was last seen near Linden St. wearing a light brown jacket, white button-down shirt, black t-shirt, blue jeans, and black sneakers. His last known address is 7 Everett Ave.

If you see this individual please call 911 immeidately. If you have any other relevant information, please contact Somerville Police 617-625-1600 Again, there is not believed to be any immediate threat to the Somerville community.
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28 January 2016 @ 09:36 pm
Found, the used clothing consignment shop at 255 Elm Street, has closed. Someone identifying himself as the owner was standing outside a few minutes ago, and he told me that the landlord is "a greedy jerk who jacked up the rent, and is not a good person." He also said the shop had suffered from shoplifting. He hopes to find a new location where he can reopen it.
 
 
28 January 2016 @ 09:07 am
Hello neighbors--

On this cold winter day, I'm delighted to share the sunny news that Somerville MA has been chosen by the MassCEC (Clean Energy Center) to be a Solarize Mass community! You can see the announcement here:
http://www.masscec.com/about-masscec/news/state-energy-officials-announce-five-new-communities-participate-solar-program

State energy officials today announced the selection of the first five communities to participate in Solarize Mass for 2016.  The new municipalities participating in the community-based solar energy group-buying program that lowers overall costs of installing solar electric systems include Somerville and Natick, as well as Shelburne, Colrain and Conway, which have joined as a trio of partner communities....

You can learn more about the MassCEC and the SolarizeMass program at: www.solarizemass.com .

More after the LJ cut....
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Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
 
 
27 January 2016 @ 04:30 pm
Just got word from Somerville's Solar Coach that the city has been accepted into the Solarize Mass program for 2016. Official press release: http://www.masscec.com/about-masscec/news/state-energy-officials-announce-five-new-communities-participate-solar-program (very dry and formatted so badly it's nigh unreadable)

From the email: "As the announcement has just been made, we don't have a lot of additional information at this time. But this selection means that we can now work with the city and the state to help residents of Somerville to decide if solar is a suitable option for them and their homes or businesses. We'll be developing and sharing educational materials, we'll have events to help people learn more and get questions answered, and we will help people to understand the processes associated with generating local, artisanal electrons."
 
 
press release received from MassDOT:

CANCELLED: MBTA Red Line Weekend Diversion & Longfellow Bridge Closure
This Weekend, January 29 – February 1

MassDOT has cancelled this weekend's MBTA Red Line diversion and Longfellow Bridge closure. The remaining work will be completed during a series of night shifts instead of during a weekend diversion. The Longfellow Bridge will remain open to one lane of Boston-bound vehicles at all times this weekend, and Red Line trains will provide service during typical hours. Bicycles and pedestrians will continue to use the current travel configuration to cross the bridge.

The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using a signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Charles River Dam Road, and Edwin H. Land Boulevard.

For more information on the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/longfellowbridge. View construction progress photos on MassDOT’s Longfellow Bridge Flickr Album. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

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25 January 2016 @ 11:29 am
Hello community! I am really hoping you all can help.
Saturday night-Jan. 23rd,  around 5:45pm I lost my Samsung glaxy S5 smart phone. It has a dark gray case with  turqouise lines. I lost it in front of the dominons while trying to cross the street to Rosebuds diner in Davis. I believe that street I corssed was russell to get to the diner. It was at the light. The battery was nearly dead.
If found could you please contact me at 617-718-0805.
Thank you.
 
 
 
24 January 2016 @ 05:03 pm
The last time I walked by Something GUD's space at Aeronaut Brewery, it was empty and appeared to be disused. Did they move somewhere else? If not, what happened to them?
 
 

DATE & TIME:
Saturday, January 30, 2016; 7:00 pm
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LOCATION:
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

WHAT’S HAPPENING:
Join the Nave Gallery Annex in kicking off The 2016 Sketchbook Show with a poetry reading featuring Afaa M. Weaver and Gary Hawkins, an artist whose poems in progress appear in his sketchbooks in the show.

Full details: http://navegallery.org/wp/poetry-reading-with-afaa-m-weaver-and-gary-hawkins/

 
 
22 January 2016 @ 07:09 am
UPDATE: So happy to report that the dogs that were stolen have been found and reunited with their owners!

I saw this post on the Somerville Animal Control Facebook page. Wanted to share!


BOLO
STOLEN DOGS
Please share to help generate sightings and bring them home.

The dogs pictured below are believed to have been stolen from their apartment during a B&E at 30 Summer Street on January 19, 2016 at approximately 6:55pm.
The last known sighting was at 6:57pm in the area of 34 Summer St heading west on Summer St.

"Cleopatra", female Pomeranian, 3 yrs. old and 7 lbs., blue-white in color
"Caesar", male Pomeranian 4 yrs. old and 14 lbs., black-white in color

Anyone who has information or may have seen an individual with these dogs on the date and time mentioned above should contact Somerville Police Department or Somerville Animal Control.

Somerville AC: 617-625-6600 ext 2190
Somerville Police: 617-625-1600
 
 
21 January 2016 @ 10:48 pm
I find myself moving out of Massachusetts, and there are some things that I'm not taking with me.

#1: Standard Somerville compost bin, containing 4yrs of vegetarian kitchen-related compost. I have been remiss in never pulling the finished compost out, so what's at the bottom should be ready to rock your garden as soon as spring comes 'round. (No meat, cheese, or oil-heavy contents. Some eggshells.) If you only want the contents, I can figure out something else to do with the bin. Claimed!

#2: Tall bookcase, WHD: 2'6"x6'x1', OSB under middling-light veneer. Five shelves, four of which are movable. In decent condition. (Not taking it because I'm upgrading at the destination.) Claimed!

I don't have a car, so you'd need to pick up from Winter Hill. I can help load into/onto whatever transport you have.


More stuff may find its way onto this list as decisions are made during packing. Move date is 1/31.
 
 
21 January 2016 @ 01:43 pm
There is a CRITICAL public meeting coming up that volunteers from Zone Smart have been calling our members about this week. Many of you committed to attending, some of you did not pickup so this email is to tell you that YOUR PRESENCE IS NEEDED. Here are the details:

What: Somerville Zoning Overhaul Public Meeting on Neighborhoods - http://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2015-11-12%20Zoning%20Meeting%20Poster.pdf

When: Monday at 6:30pm (Please come at 5:30pm, an hour beforehand, if you can in order to get organized, handout buttons to wear, and maximize our impact)

Where: 259 Lowell Street at the VNA Community Room.

Why: To show the Aldermen that we demand removal of the "no more than 4 unrelated" restriction from the zoning code. It raises housing costs by forcing bedrooms to stay unrented, it increases environmental burden by forcing new development, it makes most Co-op housing illegal, and it is unfair to home owners and tenants alike.

How Can You Help:
1. PLEASE CONFIRM WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN ATTEND. If you can make it to the 5:30pm meeting (or anytime before 6:30pm) please indicate that as well.
2. Spread the word. Go to our Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/497731313721533/ and share the event with others, and click "Going"

This ordinance will change when we unite and demand that it does, and we will never have a better opportunity than this overhaul. Please come out Monday night and join us.

Zone Smart Somerville
No More Than 4 Unrelated Is Outdated
www.zonesmartsomerville.org