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03 May 2015 @ 09:26 pm
lost my phone today. possibly in 7 hills park, davis T station, or (hopefully not) harvard square. its a black Kyocera flip phone. please contact me if you find it. thanks! lisa
03 May 2015 @ 08:35 pm
Hi friends,
I found this cute little stuffed animal today in Somerville. She's really hoping to go home. If your little one lost their doggy, please let me know. Until we find her home, she will be in a safe spot hanging out here with lots of care <3
03 May 2015 @ 04:57 pm
Hey kids, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a local service that can take back some unruly, unmaintained grape vines? Thanks!
03 May 2015 @ 03:45 pm
Review latest designs for the Community Path Extension
Monday May 4th, 2015
Holiday Inn - 30 Washington Street

Lowell Street Safety Meeting (follow-up to previous meeting)
Monday May 11th, 2015
VNA - 259 Lowell Street

Cedar Street Re-pavement & Safety Meeting
Monday May 18th, 2015
VNA - 259 Lowell Street
Current Location: Magoun Square
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: The S.O.S Band
An eclectic tag sale that includes LOTS OF THINGS

Canned rattlesnake meat!
A Hoberman Sphere!
Melissa and Doug toys!
"Vintage" issues of Martha Stewart and Cook's Illustrated
A big old footlocker!
Vera Bradley diary and wallet!
Frozen puzzles!
A wooden abacus!

Across the street from a lemonade stand!
30 April 2015 @ 06:33 pm
I found an adorable black kitten, probably no more than 8 weeks old, outside 10 Roberts Street near Trum field. He was meowing pathetically and shivering rather a lot, so I brought him home with me. We stopped by the vet, and he has no microchip. Is somebody missing him?
30 April 2015 @ 02:06 pm
Arlington might be slightly outside of Davis, but I found out they are having a preview show of Avengers 2 at the Capitol Theater. (They would have done it in Somerville, but they just finished the Independent Film Festival there.)

I'm really excited about seeing this before everyone spoils me!

Edit: the showings are 7 and 7:15 April 30 and here's the site to grab tickets.
28 April 2015 @ 07:48 pm
Boosting the signal for the cat owner.
(Originally posted on SomervilleMoms)

Hi All,
Our beloved cat, Boo, must have somehow escaped the house sometime this morning. He's nowhere to be found. We live on Ossipee Rd., near Teele Square, Packard Ave., Electric, and Powderhouse Ave - also near Tufts University. lf you happen to see an orange tabby cat who responds to "Boo!" Read more...Collapse )
28 April 2015 @ 02:17 pm
Friends and Neighbors,
As you may have already heard, we're electing our delegates for the 2015 Democratic State Convention on Monday night at the High School.
All Democrats, registered in Somerville before January 31, 2015, are eligible to vote and to run for a delegate seat.
So feel free to circulate to your friends and neighbors.

May 04, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8pm

Cafeteria at Somerville High School
81 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
United States
Google map and directions

RSVP Online:

David Sloane
Chair, Ward 7 Somerville Democratic Committe
Rebuilding the Local Food System
A conversation with Colin Davis, founder of Something Gud
Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m.
@ Aeronaut Brewing Company (14 Tyler St., Somerville)
Tickets are free, but space is limited, so get yours today.
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This Thursday at the Armory, Somerville Open Studios presents our fourth annual Art in Fashion Show, Beyond the Pattern.

Our live runway event features 12 participating SOS artists showcasing their original clothing, jewelry, and accessory designs in an exciting and dynamic mode - a departure from the traditional open studios setting.

From daring creations to graceful silhouettes, costumes to couture - and everything imaginable in between - the fashion show offers a unique opportunity to view the work of a group of individual artists, independently and in collaboration, exploring the idiom of art in fashion.

Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 pm, with the show starting at 7:30.
Seating is general admission; please arrive early for best seating. The Armory bar will be open, featuring local craft brews and soft drinks for your sipping pleasure. The Armory is located at 191 Highland Avenue, a pleasant 20-minute walk from Davis Square.

For more information, including descriptions of all participating artists, visit .
28 April 2015 @ 08:44 am
Somerville Open Studios are this weekend! Nearly 400 local artists will display their works at 108 locations throughout the city.

All studios will be open Saturday+Sunday, May 2+3, from noon to 6 pm. Some artists will also be open on Friday evening, May 1, from 6 to 9 pm.

You can find our printed mapbooks at stands all over Somerville, or visit for online maps and a full list of participating artists.

Not sure where to begin? Visit our Artists' Choice group show first, at the Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road. We invited each SOS artist to submit one work of art to this show, so it's a good place to survey the many different kinds of art being shown this weekend. The Artists' Choice show will be open Thursday 2-7 pm, Friday 2-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.

The Inside-OUT Gallery, in the windows of the Davis Square CVS, is exhibiting work by 14 artists who are participating in SOS for the first time this year. We'll have a Sidewalk Reception outside the CVS windows this evening from 5:30 to 7 pm.

If you are participating in SOS, or you have a favorite artist you'd like to tell everyone to visit, please leave comments here!
28 April 2015 @ 08:20 am
I've got ~24 cardboard tubes that are bound for recycling unless someone hereabouts can think of a better use for them.  Varying diameters and lengths. Msg me if you want them. Pick them up in Magoun Square.
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Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz invite you to attend the Ward 6 ResiStat neighborhood meeting on Thursday, April 30, at the offices of Velir at 212 Elm St. inside the Citizens Bank Building in Davis Square.

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 including the latest on the Davis Square streetscape project, the Green Line extension, the new Roche Bros. market, and the Community Path extension as well as ward crime stats, a look at how the winter impacted the City budget, and an interactive survey on community preferences for a public benefits agreement for Union Square. 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.

The meeting is hosted by the City's ResiStat program, which updates residents on the latest city news and data. For more information, contact Meghann Ackerman at .
26 April 2015 @ 06:34 pm
This is a bit afield, but this guy/lady showed up at our house! Please check out the post on Craigslist here:
25 April 2015 @ 03:55 pm
Stopped in to their store (corner of Highland and Willow) this afternoon and they said this was their last day. They're closing to be better able to take care of their aging parents, who founded the business.
25 April 2015 @ 11:15 am
Has anyone else noticed the steep jump in airplane noise recently? I was woken at 6:30am by low flying planes today and I feel like its the last straw after weeks of not getting a full night due to the air traffic noise. Is there anything we can do? Anyone have any great tricks to sleep through it? I'm in Ball Square, if that matters.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
23 April 2015 @ 07:05 pm

After a bad experience with $BigNameEyewareStore, I'm looking for someplace a little more friendly and personable. Any recommendations in the Davis Square area or Somerville in general? (I'll probably be doing bifocals and computer glasses, if that helps.)

23 April 2015 @ 12:29 pm
Hello fellow Davis Squares!

Saturday afternoon the Boston Zine Fest organizing committee is holding a yard sale at 43 Hall Ave as a fundraiser for this year's event. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it might just be one of the inaugural yard sales of the season!

We'll have lots of clothes, housewares, knick-knacks, VHS/DVDS/CDS, and even a few luxury items, so please stop by from 10-4 and make a purchase (earlybirds will be told to walk around the block until we're ready, so please just show up at 10 and not before!)

All proceeds go towards putting on an event that encourages literacy and the empowerment of self publishing!

Yard sale flyer below the cut.


Hi Folks, James Fox here volunteer President of the Friends - hope to see you at the book sale.

The Friends of the Somerville Public Library will hold their Spring Book Sale on Friday May 15th 12-4 PM, Saturday May 16th 10-4 PM, and Sunday May 17th 1:30-3:30 PM.
The sale will be held at the Central Library located at 79 Highland Avenue (bus #88 or #90). Supporting Members of the Friends (those with memberships of $50 or more) are invited to attend a preview evening on Thursday May 14th from 5-8pm.

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1. SEEKING: My landlord sold our house, so my roommate and I are looking to find a 3 or 4 bedroom apartment in the Davis/Teele/Ball/Medford-line area for September 1st. If anyone is or knows a great landlord looking for tenants that are in their 30's, responsible, working professionals (web designer and science teacher) are porchfest folk singers (but enjoy quiet hours), and come with great references, please send me a note! $800-$900 range per person before utilities is our hope (dream big...).

2. OFFER: And since we're moving, I'm finding lots of random stuff to sell/freecycle. Please see craigslist posts for details. Discounts for live-journal members and/or if you take more than one thing.

-Electronic picture frame $50
-Salomon x-free 08 skis $40
-Dresser (Vintage Cherry Wood Chest of Drawers) $80

-radio/tape amplifier (cd part broken)
-metal adjustable bedframe
-Faux leather desk chair (been in basement, but in good shape)

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Current Location: Somerville, MA

The Nave Gallery in Teele Square has a great new show curated by William Turville and Ecco Pierce opening this Friday. Hope you can make it.

Friday, April 24, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibition details

Nave Gallery (Teele Square), 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

20 April 2015 @ 09:13 am
I am not affiliated with this campaign in any way, but thought that members of this community would be interested in this year's drive to match SNAP funds for the Union Square Farmers Market.
20 April 2015 @ 09:03 am
Hello! I'm reducing my personal library, by a lot. I've already given away two boxes of books, but I
currently still have 7 banker boxes full of advanced physics, advanced math, philosophy, science for the
public, and sundry other topics. Nearly all are in excellent condition. I'm only parting with them because
life is short and moves happen.

I spent a lot of money and years collecting these, so I'd like to get something for them if possible. It
seems a shame just to drop unappreciated treasures on Goodwill, when people would likely pay $8-$20 each in a
used bookstore for them. Comment or message me if interested. Thanks.
19 April 2015 @ 02:35 pm
It's on Milton Street, off of Orchard St, in front of #29, leaning against a telephone pole. It's a blue Raleigh Detour with saddle bags. The frame needs some work, etc, possibly only good for parts. Free if you want it, I've been told.

Whoever took it, use it in good health!
19 April 2015 @ 01:07 pm
I'm located in Union Square

Game cube console w/ controllers and games - $30 (Craigslist Ad)
Office desk - $20 - (Craigslist Ad)
Office chair - $30 (Craigslist Ad)
Wooden Futon - $30 (Craigslist Ad)
2008 iMac w/ box - $250 (Craigslist Ad)
18 April 2015 @ 02:37 pm
Well I posted a while ago about repairing my poured concrete stairs but apparently they must be replaced.   The old poured concrete will need to be demolished before new ones are installed.  Any recommendations on a contractor to do the whole thing, someone to remove old stairs and/or someone to build new stairs out of compositie or install poured concrete or precast stairs?  Any pros and cons to each type other than price? 
18 April 2015 @ 01:06 pm
WalkBoston has an upcoming walking event from near Sullivan over to Assembly Row. You can walk with a group, hear some presentations by local civic groups, and learn more about their activites. If you are a pedestrian around here, you know how important it is to have advocates and allies working on related issues.

WalkBoston also showed up at snow shoveling hearings, by the way. They really walk-the-talk about pedestrian access and safety.

From their Facebook page on the event:

We hope you'll join WalkBoston and many Somerville co-hosts for a FREE point to point walk after work in Somerville on April 28th! The walk will start on Lower Broadway at the intersection of Mt Vernon Street and Broadway - steps from the Sullivan Square MBTA Station - and finish at Slumbrew's American Fresh Taproom at Assembly Row, steps from the Assembly MBTA Station. Groups will head out onto the route as they are filled, with the last group departing around 6pm (The 1.5mile route will take about an hour including the 5 speaker location stops).

Along the way, you'll have a chance to hear representatives from groups like East Somerville Main Streets, Friends of the Community Path, the City of Somerville, Federal Realty (and more) talk about the impact they are making in the community, and opportunities they see for more improvements!

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I just found out yesterday from the folks on the @AtAssemblyRow twitter feed that free yoga in the park starts up again on May 2. So on Saturdays, 9am, bring your yoga mat out for some delightful waterfront yoga.

They also said it was hosted by Some Yoga Studio this time.

Here's what I know, haven't seen other official announcements so far:
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I'm seeking volunteers (especially facepainters) for the most adorable event in Boston! It’s called Duckling Day and is put on by the nonprofit Friends of the Public Garden. We need a huge volunteer presence and we're right on Boston Common so it’s an easy MBTA red line trip!

Here's the 411 - please contact me (Karin) at if you're interested.

Duckling Day, an event from the nonprofit Friends of the Public Garden
Sunday, May 10th (Mother's Day!)
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Boston Common, Boston

This is a celebration of the classic children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings” and many of the kids are dressed as ducklings which is the cutest thing ever. There is about 90 minutes of fun activities for the under-6 crowd (magician, juggler, puppet shows, facepainting, outdoor play equipment) and massages for the moms – and then the Mayor speaks and the kids and families form an amazingly adorable parade that ends at the Public Garden.

Volunteers needed: anytime between 7:30 AM until 1:30 PM - there is an early shift and a late shift
Tasks: pretty basic – helping with set-up, registration and check-in (which is a big job requiring lots of personnel!), and helping the different activity people keep the activity areas running smoothly. I do also need people interested in facepainting. You don't have to be a pro, just reasonably interested/able to work with kids in this fun way!
Theatre@First proudly presents

Knight of the Burning Pestle

Unity Somerville
6 William Street, Somerville

$15 for Adults
$12 for Students & Seniors
$5 for Children Under 12

Thursday, April 23
Friday, April 24
Saturday, April 25
Thursday, April 30th - Autism-Friendly Night!
Friday, May 1

Saturday, May 2

Francis Beaumont's overlooked Elizabethan gem comes to glorious life with a surprisingly modern flair. Breaking through the fourth wall and upending the conventions of Shakespeare's time, this comic masterpiece features giants and monsters, unforgiving parents and unsavory innkeepers, heroic grocers and dastardly suitors as two plots intertwine to riotous effect!

Autism-Friendly Night (April 30) presents the show adjusted to accommodate the needs of theatregoers on the autism spectrum and with other sensory issues.

Parent-Friendly Matinee (May 2) especially welcomes parents--kids are welcome to join the audience or play upstairs with experienced caregivers during the show.

Visit our website to buy tickets, or make free advance reservations and find out more about this exciting show!
hi! looking for a recommendation for a small job - during one of the storms our carport (it's like an open-air porch for your car) collapsed and we just want it taken down and hauled away. It's some sort of scrap metal...aluminum probably.
The Creative Somerville Series is a series of “fireside chats” with locals in design, tech, food, social impact and other fields–celebrating the creative and entrepreneurial energy that makes Somerville great. And the next one is coming up in about two weeks!
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12 April 2015 @ 03:18 pm
Hey Davis Squarians! I am asking this for a friend (but also for myself, because it's useful information that I didn't see in the archives).

Where do you go around here for free/cheap STI testing? Fast turn-around is a definite plus, as is thoroughness of testing. Friend has MassHealth, if there's anywhere that definitely takes that for cheap screenings.

11 April 2015 @ 11:45 am
I want to give a shout out to the volunteers at Charles River Alleycats. Thanks to them I was able to help a small feral cat colony in our neighborhood between Davis and Porter squares. With their guidance, I obtained vouchers from the state (through the S'ville Animal Control officer) for free spaying/neutering and shots. They supplied traps and showed me how to trap, made appointments with vets who accept the vouchers, and offered advice when I trapped a few skunks instead (oops). So now the cats are spayed, inoculated, and back in the shed that they'd adopted as a home. Great outfit, ready to help anyone who wants to give feral cats a better life. They also offer - for free - small, safe, warm "beds" made of styrofoam carriers and straw.
10 April 2015 @ 10:15 pm

The buzz of bees, the chirping of birds, vibrantly colored flowers, and green tender shoots pushing up from barren ground are dreamed of promises during these cold winter months. Rest assured, spring will come again, and with it:

Friday, April 17; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Exhibition details

Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

As part of the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge we are hosting a great event that includes fitness and learning with a walking tour entitled--

“What do Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, U2, and Leonard Nimoy have in common?”

If this sparks your interest, please join famed local historian Bob “Monty” Doherty at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11th in Davis Square at Seven Hills Park (behind the MBTA Holland head house) for a celebrity and historical stroll through Davis and West Somerville.

The tour is free and hope you can come out and support Monty.

[text is from an e-mail by Somerville Arts Council director Gregory Jenkins]
08 April 2015 @ 09:33 pm
Yes, it's huge and it's Jumbo and it's now on Tufts campus.

It will be installed on Thursday in the same location as the old one, though this one is much bigger.

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The Broadway bridge over the Lowell Line railroad tracks, just east of Ball Square, will be CLOSED to all traffic (car, bike, and pedestrian) from 6 am this Friday, April 10, to 7pm Saturday, April 11. This closure is part of Green Line Extension construction.

For more information and detour routes, see this page. This is going to put a huge amount of traffic onto tiny side streets on both the Somerville and Medford sides.

Anyone know what the plan is for the #80 and #89 buses? The MassDOT pages don't mention these at all.