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I just now saw this on Facebook, and since it looks like no one has posted about it here, I will. :-) I love tiny houses and hope to have one someday! Deets:

Tiny House Festival at 10 Poplar Street in Somerville, Saturday September 20 from 3PM to 7PM.

It's accessible via the 80 bus if that's helpful, perhaps other routes as well. I'm so excited about seeing all the tiny houses! Maybe catch some of you there. :-)
28 August 2014 @ 09:33 pm
After 14 years on Highland Avenue, a 10 minute walk from Davis Square, and before that three years on
College Avenue, Knowledge on Call (private tutoring in math and science) has moved to 1158 Massachusetts
Avenue in Harvard Square.
Hi folks!

I've had a Craigslist sale fall through (after dragging it out for days, and then over 10 hours delaying today). My movers arrive tomorrow morning and I am available for pickup pretty much all day. (I don't leave until Saturday morning.) If you are 100% confident you want the items but cannot pick them up until later, I may be able to work something out with the roommates I'm leaving behind - but I'd rather have all my stuff out if at all possible.

I'm looking to sell my 3 tall white bookshelves and 2 DVD stands.

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I live in Winter Hill. Please comment if you are interested or drop me an email at freckles42 (at) gmail! (And feel free to share!)

First person who can come pick them up gets priority. Thanks!
28 August 2014 @ 07:35 pm
Don Berwick, candidate for governor of Massachusetts (link to his first TV ad), is having a campaign rally in Davis Square this Sunday morning 11am-noon. He's the one who ran Medicare and Medicaid for the Obama administration for a while before running for Governor, and wants to institute single payer health care in Massachusetts. He's in a 3-way Democratic primary, with the election coming up soon on September 9th.
28 August 2014 @ 06:13 am
I realize that this is a total long shot but just in case anyone witnessed this:
Apparently there was an arguing couple on the corner of Elm and St James yesterday and the guy threw a punch on the back of my car's rear window and shattered the window and caused significant damage---I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could pass along any identifying info (yeah, I know the odds---but my insurance co is about to drop me--someone also jacked this car to steal its tires, someone else broke in and stole stuff from the interior, and another jackass keyed it).  I am so over paying deductibles, I have really had it--
28 August 2014 @ 01:06 am
Arthur T. is getting full control of the company, as reported by the Globe. There will be private equity in the company, which is a little worrisome, but if it doesn't hurt his management style I don't mind in the slightest.

Welcome back, Artie T.
27 August 2014 @ 01:52 pm
I've decided to go on a quest! A quest to find the best bran muffins in the area. Yes, I know that this seems like a really silly quest, but I really like good bran muffins. Don't judge me.

Anyway, does anyone have suggestions of where I can find good bran muffins?
27 August 2014 @ 01:38 pm
Last night there were several firetrucks on Elm Street starting in front of the Diesel and stretching around the corner almost to Redbones (I don't the name of the street). Anyone know what happened?
The Viewers' Choice is Mystic Pizza, which will be shown this Thursday at dusk in Seven Hills Park (behind the Holland Street Red Line entrance).

(I could not find this information on the city's website, so I emailed a few people in the Communications Office at City Hall.)
25 August 2014 @ 09:48 pm
Curb Alert: Free furniture (Dressers, Tables). Tomorrow is trash day, so come quick.

Everything is on the sidewalk at Porter Street and Highland Ave in Somerville, in front of the small stores nearby.
25 August 2014 @ 06:20 pm
The spot on Broadway in powderhouse square that used to be Toni and Ana's, I think, has a new sign out for Frozen Hoagies, with a cartoon picture of an ice cream sandwich. A quick google says this is a Boston area food truck now.

still looks quite under construction inside.

At least it isn't frozen yogurt?
22 August 2014 @ 10:05 am
Hi LJ folks-

I know there are lots of HONK! fans here (I've had the pleasure of meeting them at ArtBeat and on the ether) so I thought I would pass along a quick update we sent to our mailing list. Hope to see you there!

With summer’s imminent demise, if you are like us, you are looking longingly into the distance eagerly awaiting the return of HONK! (actually, here at HONK! central we are more likely scurrying around planning for the next HONK! but it is a lovely poetic image).

Yes, you heard that right, you'll be happy to know that your favorite festival of activist street bands will return this year for an ninth time.
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HONK! 2014 will take place October 10th-12th (Columbus Day weekend)

This year we're bringing back many of your favorite bands to perform on the streets for an entire day of free music, take part in our huge parade down a major thoroughfare, join us for lantern parades at night in our neighborhoods, support a day of action and on and on... We've also have some new friends on the way from around the globe we know you'll want to meet.

As in previous years, there's no way we could pull off a 'a one-of-a-kind street spectacle of revolutionary proportions' like this without the tremendous support of our community. Without people like you, there's no way we could afford to help these musicians make the trip to our streets. This leads to the second thing we wanted to mention: we are again running a brief Kickstarter campaign to help us pay travel costs for all of the amazing musicians coming from around the world. </span>

If you are looking for a way to support our festival, we'd really appreciate if you could help us make our goal:

People who have contributed to our previous Kickstarter campaigns know that the backers of our project are some of the first people to hear about the great new stuff (bands, etc.) coming to our festival.

Be sure to check out this page even if you don't want to donate, it has a spiffy new video that is sure to bring a smile to your face.  We'd appreciate it if you could spread this link far and wide amongst your electronic friends so they might have the opportunity to become supporters as well.

Really looking forward to seeing you all in October!

    -- the HONK! organizing committee</span>

edit: removed all of the extraneous font changes in the text. Bad typography, it burns, it burns!
21 August 2014 @ 10:47 pm

magic-eye-see-headerThe Nave Annex is having an opening reception next week. Hope you can make it.

Wednesday, August 27; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Exhibition details

Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA

Jim Baab, Kaca Bradonjic, Kristina Caroll, Susan Deleo, Antony Flakett, Adam Forguites, Ariel Freiberg, Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, Ann Hirsch, Bashkim Izano, Boriana Kantcheva, Angela Mittiga, On Kyeong Seong, Hilary Tait Norod, Shari Weschler Rubek.

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21 August 2014 @ 10:44 pm

Pixel-Dice-36-Concat-01MEET & GREET:
Sunday, August 24; 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Ted Ollier
Residency details

Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

Meet the Nave’s 2014 artist-in-residence, Ted Ollier. Ted Ollier is a visual artist with a varied background. He was born in the midwest, lived in the south, and now resides in the northeast. He has been a photographer, graphic designer, bass player, typographer, web pioneer, informational leafblower and armchair philosopher. He has also worked a variety of day-jobs, the details of which are not terribly important.He holds degrees from the University of Texas, Texas State University and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At present, he is a printmaker and conceptual artist working in the Boston community of Medford. He is a faculty member at the New Hampshire Instutite of Art, shows through Bromfield Gallery in Boston, and teaches letterpress and design at the Bow and Arrow Press in Cambridge.

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21 August 2014 @ 06:20 pm
Any word on the Korean Restaurant that was going to go in the ExDonalds? There seems to be nothing happening there.

And speaking of nothing happening, how come the city ripped out Kenney Park and then stopped working? The park's been out of commission for months of just sitting there a mess. Shame on them for doing the demo when they weren't ready to do the reconstruction; it's a waste of good space.

Anyone have the scoop on either of these?
19 August 2014 @ 12:06 pm
Can I still get a Brown School card for this year? If so, where? Thanks!
19 August 2014 @ 11:13 am

Don't miss this rowdy and raucous take on one of Shakespeare's greatest stories!

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For tickets and more information about ​​Henry the 4th and Theatre@First, visit​ ​
If you want to vote in the September 9 state primary election, you need to register to vote by this Wednesday, August 20. That is also the last day that you can change parties, or change your residential address for the election.

You can register at your town or city hall until 8 pm on Wednesday, or you can download this registration form, fill it in, print it out, sign it, and mail it in. It must be postmarked on or before this Wednesday. This page has more information on voter registration.

This is an important election! On the Democratic primary ballot, there are contested races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Attorney General, Middlesex County DA, Ed Markey's former congressional seat (Medford, Arlington, parts of Cambridge), and Carl Sciortino's former state representative seat (Somerville wards 4 and 7, and adjoining parts of Medford). (The Republican primary has only a contest for Governor.)

I welcome all comments discussing the election.
According to a Facebook post from Alderman-at-Large Jack Connolly, Roche Bros. proposes to open a grocery store in the former Social Security Building, 240 Elm Street. They will hold an on-site meeting to discuss this on Wednesday, September 10 at 6 pm.

Roche Bros. is a local family-owned supermarket chain whose current locations are mostly in the beyond-128 suburbs. They are now building their first urban store in the former Filene's Basement space in Downtown Crossing.

I really hope this happens. I think it suits Davis Square's needs better than the previous World of Beer and Beer Works proposals.

ETA: Based on the illustration that Jack provided, what they actually seem to be proposing is a new sub-brand of smaller Roche stores called "Brothers Marketplace", whose first location opened in Weston a few months ago. Their Facebook page is more informative than their rather skeletal website.
17 August 2014 @ 02:20 pm
So I went to a cool store today that I only recently learned about, Re-Use in East Arlington. Its not Davis but it's not far, I wish I knew about it sooner. The lady was really nice and I picked up a pair of Mid-Century end tables that match my grandmother's table. Nice score on tax free weekend. This place is having a sale too, so it might be worth checking out. I'm not sure if she buys, but it sounds like she does. Anyway, it's a nice community business so I wanted to give it a shout out and with all the moving that happens this time of year it's a good alternative to Ikea ETC.
15 August 2014 @ 12:56 pm
This is what I'll consider "well outside" of Davis proper, but I figure enough folks in the vicinity of Tufts read this community and also might be packing to move that it makes sense to post here.

Free Moving Boxes, in good, clean, dry condition, broken down, in a stack, at the corner of Chester Ave and Winthrop St. in the church parking lot.

I will have to move them if they aren't taken, but that seems like a good place for now.
14 August 2014 @ 02:41 pm
Last fall we asked you your opinion on locations for our flotation therapy business. I'm excited to share that after a long search, we've signed a lease at 515 Medford St. in Magoun Square. If all goes well, we'll be on track for opening in October. If you'd like to stay up to date on our progress, you can sign up for our mailing list at

There's an article about us in this week's DigBoston - take a look!
13 August 2014 @ 03:23 pm
Eleni of New York, the tailor next door to Diesel Cafe, has closed. The sign is gone and the windows are papered over.

I don't recall seeing any advance notice of the closing, so I hope lots of people don't have clothes locked in there.
13 August 2014 @ 12:53 am
M3 restaurant, at Highland Ave and Cutter Ave, has big orange SEIZED signs plastered all over the doors and windows.

A notice left at the front door says that the Constable's Office seized the restaurant on behalf of landlord Christos Poutahidis, because the restaurant owes the landlord $25,238.
Center Stage Somerville presents

The Pushcart War
Book by Jean Merrill
Adapted by Jenny Vernick

Friday, August 15th, 6:00 PM
The Center For Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
$2 suggested donation

A war is being fought on the streets of New York City!

The pushcart peddlers, led by Maxine Hammerman, believe that they deserve to sell their wares on the street. But the big trucks are taking over the streets, crowding New York City in one big traffic jam. Come see the ferocious General Anna, the quiet Dorris the Florist, and the crackpot Frank the Flower as they rebel against the trucks using nothing but peashooters and bravery as the Mayor tries desperately to keep the streets of his city--as well as his precious peanut butter--safe. This ridiculously silly show is sure to be a hit for all ages!
12 August 2014 @ 02:19 pm
Glenwood Rd, lower half off of Vernon in the Magoun Sq area. Everything will be out as of 5pm tonight (8/12) or so. Items will include:
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We're relocating to Rhode Island next week, so it's gotta go! Enjoy, my lovely locals, you shall all be missed.
11 August 2014 @ 03:08 pm
Someone posted a few weeks back about Zoe's reopening in the near future. According to my coworker, who has actually spoken to Zoe, the near future appears to be tomorrow. Their website confirms the date:
Does anyone know why it is taking so long to repair the exterior of the building at Elm and Chester streets? The scaffolding has been up since last November, causing the MBTA to move the bus stop down to in front of Anna's Tacqueria. The Dunkin Donuts is probably losing some business from people who can't tell whether it's actually open, or who just prefer not to walk under a whole city block of scaffolding.
10 August 2014 @ 03:17 pm
I've got a fairly typical lawn over much of my relatively small (but probably big for Somerville) yard. In other areas, the weeds are winning. So, I'm looking for some help. I'm ready to replace the lawn and tear out the weeds and start over. I'd like to replace it all with something that's orderly and attractive, that adds native (or natively happy) plants and/or flowers that can look attractive year round and that will require less weekly maintenance.

The thing is, I don't know much about plants, and I'm not really interested in becoming an expert. I'd prefer to hire someone to offer suggestions for plants and layout, and help to come up with a plan. Has anyone done this and can recommend someone who can help?
A relative with a clothes fetish and a changed life circumstance asked me to help her sell off a whole lot of good quality women's clothes (mostly blouses and dresses, size 8 to 14).  If I had, say, 3 or 4 items, I'd take them to a consignment shop, no big deal.  But 10' worth of closet pole is a couple hundred items - waaaaay too many to trot down to a shop for an eval - and I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed.

Anyone got advice for how to manage trying to sell off this kind of volume of clothes ?

Thanks !
08 August 2014 @ 02:47 pm
Hey guys, I went to the State Rep debate that was held on the 30th, and found it quite interesting. If anyone is interested, many of the videos of the questions can be found on You have to sign in, but it's quick. Anyone have any opinions on any of the candidates or can think of topics you wished the candidates covered?
Anyone know what happened? It was just after lunchtime, around 1:30 or so.
06 August 2014 @ 02:35 pm
I was just told thirdhand (someone saw it happening, told their friend, who told me because we'd been discussing it a few weeks ago) that Kickass Cupcakes has closed (the someone who saw it happening saw things being moved out of the new location into trucks).

Their facebook page is definitely gone.

Anyone down near their 'new' location who can maybe ascertain this?
06 August 2014 @ 12:30 pm
Originally posted by ryandred at Yard Sale
Yard Sale at 38 Morton Ave. in Medford (near the Somerville/Medford line, near Magoun Square) on Sunday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please no early birds.

Items include:

*furniture, including a couch purchased at Pier One
*men's clothing
*women's clothing
*women's shoes (some never worn)
*household items
*suitcases and bags
*paper lanterns used only once at our wedding (colors: orange, shades of blue, shades of green; various sizes; purchased from Paper Lantern Store)
*lanterns and candle holders used only once at our wedding (purchased from Pier One and Luna Bazaar)
*wedding dress (plus size; never worn; perfect condition; satin, strapless, trumpet, sweep train, covered button back)

We're conveniently located between Winchester St. and Main Ave., across from Tufts Park. Parking is available on both sides of Morton Ave. Come on over and have a look!
05 August 2014 @ 06:43 pm
Friend of mine is looking very hard for a not-insanely-expensive small office space (~300 sq. ft, approximately, though the size needed will vary with the shape of the space) near Davis or nearby on the red line. Craigslist seemed like a useful answer, but the options he's seen there are skeevy or expensive or both.

Most of what I can find online requires signing up for some service to get details, or is commercial real estate for sale, not lease (i.e., yes, I've tried Google, and I get nothing useful).

What brokers/agencies can you recommend to find some decent small-office commercial listings that don't cost multiple thousands per month?

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05 August 2014 @ 09:35 am
I'm getting my own classroom this year after being a long-term sub for 2 years (I teach middle school math and English) and I'm looking for furniture and books to fill my room.

I'm primarily looking for a bookcase/bookshelf (my school doesn't have a library for the middle schoolers...!), a fun patterned area rug, and a cushioned bench with storage underneath. I am also seeking middle school appropriate books to fill the bookcase (chapter books).

Please let me know if you have any of these items for sale and I'd love to chat. Thanks!
04 August 2014 @ 01:58 am
I'm doing some cleaning and have some cameras I'm selling.
One is a Nikon D200 it's a DSLR. I have the original box, all cords, manuals, etc. Asking $315 with the memory card included. $390 if sold with the memory card and 50mm lens.
Barely used, great condition.

SOLD: I also have older cameras for sale including a
Casio 4.0 MP lens on it says f=8-24mm 1:2.8-4.9
Small camera fits in purse. USB cord and CD I might still have the manual.
Works great asking $25

FujiFilm Finepix 2650 2.0MP Asking $15 the camera turns on but has a message saying the lens cover is on when it isn't. So this would be a good camera if someone can fix it or for parts. Cord and CDs included.

FujiFilm FinePix S800 Asking $70 Comes with lens cover and USB. I took some amazing pictures with this little camera.
03 August 2014 @ 09:59 pm
Hi all,

My wife and I are looking for a 2 bedroom apartment in the area surrounding Davis Square (Medford Hillside preferably, but also Arlington, Winter Hill, Magoun, etc.) to rent starting in September 2014. We have a small, well-behaved dog (under 20 lbs.) and are expecting a newborn baby in the fall. If you have any leads or are aware of any apartments coming up for rent that fit this criteria (we're willing to pay market value, but we've had difficultly finding available units) please get in touch. Email is snmcff at yahoo dot com.

Thanks for your time!
03 August 2014 @ 07:24 pm
I live right near Powderhouse circle, and got a bat in my house last night. Came flying through the living room while I was watching tv. After some effort, I managed to direct the bat through the house to the kitchen and out the back door. Whole effort took about 90 minutes.

I know that bats can squeeze through tiny spaces, so spending the day today trying to figure out where he might have gotten in, and closing those places up (could be around one of the air conditioners).

Anyway, my question is, how common are bats around here. I didn't think there were many in the area anymore. I never notice them at dusk or early evening when you think you might notice them flying around catching insects outside. I remember as a kid seeing bats flying around on summer nights. But this bat last night was the first one I have seen in years. And a little to up close and personal at that.

Anyone know how common they are in the area? Anyone else with recent experience with a bat in the house?