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Most approaches to solving the most pressing social challenges we face are wrong because they are rooted in the deeply flawed assumption that human behaviors and decisions are purely rational. Brain science and hard-won experience demonstrate just the opposite, revealing the primary role unconscious processes play in shaping our behaviors and decision-making, especially in the aftermath of violence and trauma. To thrive in the 21st century, what is needed is a profound reshaping of our approaches to human conflict and division, one that is rooted in a nuanced, empirical understanding of human behavior.

Timothy Phillips is a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation and co-founder of Beyond Conflict, a global initiative that is internationally recognized for contributions to the field of transitional justice in post-communist Europe.

[more details at the link]
https://www.meetup.com/Long-Now-Boston/events/238324333/ free to students

Monday, April 3, 2017
6:00 PM
The Burren back room
22 March 2017 @ 06:52 am
My church in East Somerville is looking for a flexible (voice with either keyboard or guitar) musician to coordinate music and lead singing during weekly (Sunday morning) contemporary worship service and for 4-5 evening services a year. Please message me if interested.
21 March 2017 @ 12:05 pm
Please join Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis (https://www.facebook.com/lancedavisforward6/) and community leader Thalia Tringo on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30 P.M. at the office of Thalia Tringo Real Estate (128 Willow Ave) for a meeting to discuss the formation of a Davis Square Neighborhood Council. The intent is to facilitate the formation of a group comprised of and led by residents, property owners, business owners, and other stakeholders that will meet on a somewhat regular basis to discuss issues relevant to the Davis Square community. This initial meeting will an open conversation regarding the initial format for the group -- how it could be structured, how to expand participation, and anything else that might be relevant.  Please extend this invitation to any and all who might be interested.
Davis Square Neighborhood Planning Meetings
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Our third Davis Square neighborhood planning meeting is tonight, March 21st at the Somerville Baptist Church, 31 College Avenue, starting at 6 pm.

We will have an engaged and interactive workshop, discussing the character and aesthetics of Davis Square. We want to hear from you and hope to see you there!

More Information on this meeting series here. Let us know if you have any questions.

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Tradução em português: http://tinyurl.com/z26vm35

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20 March 2017 @ 06:06 pm
Here's the Craigslist ad:

These retail for $110 each, but I got them at a yard sale for $40 each. Of course, then I realized they were the wrong height for my kitchen counter.

Anyway, I'm asking $40 each/$80 for the pair or best offer. They have a couple scratches but are otherwise in excellent condition.
Our 1920's cinder block detached garage is of the classic Somerville style. It's pretty sound, but needs repair of rotted wood frame around the garage door and some cracked masonry/facade issues. Seems too small for major contractors, but might be more than a handyman usually does. Since there are so many of these garages around Somerville, and many have been fixed up, I'm hoping some of you can recommend the folks who do this work. Hoping to fix this spring. Thank you!
16 March 2017 @ 05:18 pm
On 3/18 at 1:00, we will have an informal read-through of my new comedy I Made a Faustian Deal With the Devil and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt, at the Ringel/Koerber residence at 112 Highland Ave, Unit E. Ring and we'll buzz you up.
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Wednesday, March 15.

The City will lift the current snow emergency at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Beginning at 7:00, vehicles parked in any municipal or school lot will have two hours to move out of the lot. Any vehicles not moved by 9 a.m. Wednesday will be ticketed and towed so that City crews can safely plow and treat the lots. Please note that while snow is expected to switch over to rain this evening, City crews will continue snow removal operations with large equipment throughout the night tonight, so cars must remain parked according to the snow emergency regulations until tomorrow morning.

Somerville Public Schools will remain closed on Wednesday. Somerville Public Libraries will open at noon, and Somerville Recreation has arranged for Open Gym in the Somerville High School gym, and public skating at Veterans’ Memorial Rink, both from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow. City buildings will be open at 8:30 a.m. for all other business. As a reminder, trash is delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Property owners are also reminded that you will have six daylight hours tomorrow to clear sidewalks abutting your property of snow and ice. Sidewalks not cleared by 1 p.m. on Wednesday may result in tickets each day until the sidewalk is clear. However, because we expect rain to move in and temperatures will drop well below freezing overnight, we urge property owners to clear sidewalks as soon as possible to prevent dangerous conditions.

As crews continue to work to clear snow and ice from streets, sidewalks, and lots, they will also work to shovel out fire hydrants and catch basins. If you are willing and able, we greatly appreciate any assistance from residents in shoveling hydrants and catch basins in your area.

If you have a non-emergency question, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from outside the city).
14 March 2017 @ 04:40 pm
This was sent to me via the Facebooks, and I thought I'd share it here. I'll be happy to send along any leads.

Friends! it’s been a heck of a winter and [partner] and I are moving. Our landlords just sold our place (it took less than a week) and we have to be out by the end of April. While our heart and lives are in Somerville, we’re also looking at East Arlington, Medford, Cambridge, Watertown on the Cambridge border, and so on. Do you know any great, sunny places available by May 1? We’re seeking:
- 2+ bedrooms (many times we’re both working from home)
- cat-friendly
- sunny/good light
- parking for one car (street OK)
- Red Line accessible (bus connection OK)
- hardwood floors (allergies)
- good kitchen
- May 1 or earlier lease
Is this impossible? Could there even be laundry in the building? We’ll find out! PM us if you have any leads, on places or a realtor you love. Thank you!
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Tuesday, March 14.

Based on weather forecasts for a strong Nor’Easter that could bring up to 18 inches of snow along with heavy winds, Somerville is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect 12 a.m. Tuesday morning, however residents may begin moving cars to the even side of the street (unless otherwise posted) immediately, and into designated municipal and school lots after 8 p.m. tonight. Residents must move cars to the EVEN numbered side of the street (unless signage on your street says otherwise), by 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, or will be ticketed and towed. Again, anyone unable to find parking on the correct side of the street may park in any municipal or school parking lot beginning at 8 p.m. Monday evening. Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at http://www.somervillema.gov/snow.

Additionally, please note that trash pickup will be delayed by one day for the remainder of this week, and that there will be NO TRASH PICKUP ON TUESDAY. Somerville Public Schools and all branches of the Somerville Public Library will be closed Tuesday, and all City events have been canceled. City offices will be closed Tuesday, however 311 will remain open, and the City’s social media feeds will be available for questions and concerns.

If you have a non-emergency question or service request, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from cell phones or from outside the city). In case of emergency, dial 911.

Thank you as always for your cooperation and patience during this winter season.

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Near the corner of Wallace and Holland, I found some items strewn about the sidewalk this morning, from what looked like the aftermath of a bag snatch or car shenanigans: contents of a Jeep Cherokee manual, a toiletry bag, band aids, and what looks like some sort of prescription liquid packets, and a few other random items. Nothing valuable really, but I'm posting here just in case.
According to the Tufts Daily, the owners of Dave's are going to open a restaurant and bar called Semolina Kitchen and Bar in late spring on the edge of the Tufts campus, near the Collaborative Innovation and Learning Complex at 574 Boston Ave. This the is big renovation Tufts did to the warehouse-like space across from St. Clement's.

“We’re going to be open in the morning for coffee, pastries … and a more continental-type breakfast, and then [we’ll] go into lunch and then into dinner,” Theophanis said.

The new restaurant will be a causal place for food and drink, Theophanis said. In addition, there will be take-out service and a pizza oven.

Seems like an odd place for anything other than a weekday lunch place for students & faculty. There's not much after hours traffic down there.


Doing a little research, it looks like this is the space, which I just assumed was Tufts property:

I guess it's been in the works for a while:
Hi friends!

I have a friend coming from out of town who will be visiting for too long to keep in my house (I don't want to stress my roommates). We need a relatively cheap hotel/motel/whatever from Monday afternoon to Friday morning the last week of March.

Neither of us will have a car, so T accessible would be heavily preferred. We are collectively kinda brokeasses, so cheap is also preferred. I recognize this is asking the impossible, but yanno, DSLJ is full of clever and helpful people who might be able to pull the impossible off.

Thank you!
09 March 2017 @ 12:41 am
A close college friend for whom money is tight has a somewhat precipitous move, and is willing to drive wherever in the Boston area to pick up boxes. ron_newman thought it would be okay to post since I know a bunch of folks in Davis-ish and she would be willing to drive to Davis to fetch.

To quote:
"I am moving from Brookline to Belmont, and am in need of boxes. If you have suitable boxes, I can pick them up from you almost anywhere in greater Boston. I have a car.

Any size moving-compatible boxes are welcome. I have some liquor store boxes already, and intend to continue acquiring those, but if you have that size and/or larger, and/or clean packing materials, I would be grateful.

I have begun the packing process, and am unsure of exactly how long this will take, but probably will complete the move over the course of the next week or two."
Probably easiest to email me on vvalkyri on gmail and I'll get folks in touch.

The owner of the former Ideal Engine is proposing multiple tenants in that space and is seeking zoning relief, including some parking relief.  They will host a neighborhood meeting this evening at 6:30 P.M. at the site (100 Dover St.) to review the plans and answer questions. My understanding is that the space will be subdivided, with one portion leased by a small technology company and the other portion by Candlewick Press as an expansion to their existing location across the street.

The Planning Staff Report is here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/rnd/DoverSt100_StaffReport_030117.pdf
The Plans are here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/DoverSt100_TenantA-PlanSet-FINAL.pdf
Revised drawings are here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Dover%20100%20Tenant%20A-ZBA%20rev%203%20Drawings-170224.pdf
The next meeting of the Somerville Garden Club is Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Warren Leach, talented garden designer and owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth, MA, will recommend a diverse selection of superlative plants in his talk Beyond Blooms: Creative Design with Color, Structure and Seasonal Senescence. He will discuss plant combinations that you can translate into your own garden, echoing leaf colors and texture to brighten the garden through the seasons.

Warren Leach is a passionate plant collector and landscape horticulturist with a depth of knowledge of all garden plants. He is also a distinguished and award-winning garden designer who enjoys sharing his horticultural and garden design knowledge with others through garden lectures, mentoring and through the gardens that he designs.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. As always, there will be member plant Q&A, light refreshments and a raffle. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Tranquil Lake Nursery garden design.
Come to Ford Hall Forum's FREE, PUBLIC discussion on Sanctuary Cities with Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone this Thursday!

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Municipalities all over the country are discussing whether they should become “sanctuary cities” for illegal immigrants and refugees. Some have long considered themselves sanctuary cities, but world events — including an increase of refugees due to the Syrian War and a new American administration eager to censure illegal immigrants — have brought the policy to the forefront.

However, even those who are informed about current affairs have difficulty understanding the precise definition of sanctuary cities and whether establishing them is a sound policy to promote immigrant rights. Join Ford Hall Forum for a discussion with Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and New England School of Law professor Dina Haynes on the role of sanctuary cities in immigration policy.

6:30 PM - 8PM
Suffolk University's Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St., 5th floor
Free and open to the public

REGISTER: www.fordhallforum.org/programs/sanctuary-cities
04 March 2017 @ 05:19 pm
Two of the readers have no voices, so there will not be a March 5 read-through as previously mentioned.

We will still attempt the read-through on Saturday, March 18 at 1:00, at the Ringel/Koerber residence at 112 Highland Ave Unit E.
02 March 2017 @ 07:21 pm
Following up on the previous post http://davis-square.livejournal.com/3757806.html

Sunday, March 5 at 1:00, at the Vogt/Grossbart residence at 2D Chester St (Mass Ave end), we will have an informal read-through of my new comedy I Made a Faustian Deal With the Devil and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt. Ring and we'll buzz you up.

There will be a second read-through on Saturday, March 18 at 1:00, at the Ringel/Koerber residence at 112 Highland Ave Unit E.
02 March 2017 @ 12:55 pm
My husband's wedding ring fell off by Oath Pizza today. It's a plain silver band. Anyone see it? Thanks!
We have a lot going on at Havurat Shalom this month! Please join us for any or all of the programs.

Shabbat services, children's book club, potluck lunch and a class on Or Chadash, this Saturday, March 4, starting at 10:00 AM.

Purim, Saturday March 11, 7:00 PM

Bike and Build and singing, Friday March 17, 6:00 PM

Bystander Intervention Training, Saturdays March 18 and 25, 7:00 PM

Jewish Story Telling, Sunday March 19, 7:00 PM

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A new sign in the window, at 377 Summer Street between Rosebud and Community Credit Union, invites people to sign up for email notifications at https://www.davissquaredonutsandbagels.com/ .

The shop was supposed to open last year, but never did.
This coupon will get you $10 off a purchase of $25 or more at the new bfresh grocery at 244 Elm Street. It is good through Thursday, March 23. The coupon says you can use it once a week. You cannot use it for sushi. You should be able to either print it out or flash it on your phone.

(thank you to pekmez and her friends for seeing this on Facebook and saving the link)
28 February 2017 @ 09:34 pm
I recently moved from Davis to Porter and now have an entire 2-bdrm moving kit worth of cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, and packing tape dispensers left over. I would like to pass them to someone can reuse them rather than put them out for recycling. Let me know if you want them or if you know who would! 
28 February 2017 @ 09:42 am
Hello, Davis Square! I've posted here in years past about my writing (my Never After played at the Somerville Theater in 2009), and I've got a new script needing feedback. I Made A Faustian Deal With the Devil and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt is a full-length comedy set in Hell, where Catherine the Great, bluesman Robert Johnson, Joan of Arc, Niccolo Paganini, and the non-binary-gendered Devil argue over who among them should escape.

I'm hoping to hold a read-through in the next couple of weeks at a home on the Mass Ave end of Chester Street. There's a poll up at http://doodle.com/poll/p7y8448eh47p3trr to determine the best date. If you're interested in reading aloud, I can send you a PDF of the script. I am particularly interested in finding an African-American man to read Rob Johnson.

Thanks for your interest!
27 February 2017 @ 08:22 pm

- Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 P.M.: ZBA Meeting on both Davis Square Medical Marijuana Dispensary proposals.
Visiting Nurse Association
259 Lowell St.
3rd Floor Community Room

- Thursday, March 2, 6:00 P.M.: 2nd (of 5) Davis Square Neighborhood Planning Meeting -- "New Developments"
Community Baptist Church
31 College Ave.
Slides and video from the 1st meeting can be found here: https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/
24 February 2017 @ 12:09 pm
Hi again folks: although our Solarize Somerville program technically closed after successfully connecting over 100 neighbors with solar for their homes (installations are still going to happen for a while), some people couldn't go solar for various reasons. Roof issues, orientation, condo legal issues, or being in rental property meant not everyone had a suitable place for panels.

But I just got a newsletter from the city about a community solar option that I wanted to pass along, since people had asked me during the program. Clip from the city below.

Community Solar: A “No Roof Required” Solar Option
Renters and owners who want to go solar but could not participate in Solarize Somerville might find an opportunity in Community Solar. Boston-based Relay Power invites Somerville residents to sign up for a spot in their new, local community solar garden.

Participants pay nothing up front and save 10% on their electricity. After subscribing, the solar credits will be automatically transferred to offset your bill. No further effort is required.

The new site in Dover, MA will hold about 100 participants and is expected to be full by 2/28/17. The site is not constructed yet and will likely go live around May. Please visit relaypower.com for more information.

Note: The City is not officially partnered with Mass Energy Consumers Alliance or Relay Power, but we wanted to share the opportunities with residents. The City is not responsible for any actions taken by these institutions or individuals.

Reminder: There will be a neighborhood meeting regarding the proposed "Taco Bell Cantina" at the former iYo/Farmer's Bounty location (234 Elm St.) on Monday, February 27th, at 6:30.
22 February 2017 @ 01:13 pm
Massport Airplane Noise hearing tonight:

Massport R-NAV Hearing/Forum

Massport will host an informational and input hearing regarding the RNAV Study. Representatives from Massport, the FAA, the RNAV Study MIT Team and the Massport Community Advisory Committee will be presenting.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 6:00 – 8:00PM

WHERE: State Transportation Building
Conference Room, 2nd Floor
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 021

Please note that Massport will be making all relevant presentation materials available in advance of this meeting. Distribution of said material will take place as soon as possible.

For any comments or questions please contact:

Anthony Gallagher
Massport Community Relations
22 February 2017 @ 08:30 am
They were closed when I drove by over the weekend, then on President's Day, and again yesterday (Tuesday); I walked by this morning, and the coolers inside are all empty.
21 February 2017 @ 05:48 pm
It appears that Somerville finally has their new system up for sending street sweeping/trash alerts by email, phone, text etc. I set mine up by going to http://www.somervillema.gov/trash finding my address under "My Schedule" and then choosing "Sign up for reminders". So far I have been getting emails with trash pickup, and the system knows things like to send a delayed message on weeks when there is a holiday. You also have control over what time the messages are sent. Supposedly this will also be sending reminders about street sweeping, though I can't vouch for that in February.

From the main Somerville page under "Residents" I see that there is a pull-down menu option for "Sign Up for Alerts", but as that's not the way I signed up for mine, I can't say whether you end up at the same place.
The new Dunkin Donuts next to bfresh has a sign saying it will open this Thursday. I don't know what time it will open.

bfresh sent me a press release about its opening, which will happen this Friday at 9 am, "contingent on securing typical city permits and passing final inspections".
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16 February 2017 @ 08:06 pm
Somerville Girl Scouts will be selling Girl Scout cookies at Comicazi on Friday, Feb 17th 3:30-7:00 (or until they run out). mmm....Thin Mints for dinner....  $5/box
14 February 2017 @ 12:03 am
Sign up now to audition for Agnes of God, the next project from Bare Bones: Staged Readings at Theatre@First!

BARE BONES is an opportunity for Theatre@First to present a wider variety of plays to our audience in the spare, intense setting of a staged reading. It's also a great way to squeeze theatre into a busy schedule. There are no lines to learn, no blocking to keep straight, and just 4 or 5 rehearsals between auditions and a single performance.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Sister Agnes is charged with strangling her newborn baby, but has no recollection of the conception or birth. Enter Dr. Martha Livingstone, a psychiatrist with her own prejudices against the Catholic church who must determine whether or not the novice is fit to stand trial. Standing in her way is Mother Miriam Ruth, fiercely protective of Agnes for her own mysterious reasons. These three women embark on a journey through faith, doubt, need and miracles that will leave each of them changed forever.

AUDITIONS: Tuesday, March 7th at 7pm
Unity Somerville, 6 William Street at College Ave

PERFORMANCE: Thursday, April 6th at 8pm

Visit our website for more information and book your audition now!

And don't forget to book your tickets for Tartuffe, opening on February 24th!
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Monday, February 13.

The City will lift the current snow emergency at 9 a.m. Monday morning. Beginning at 9 a.m., vehicles parked in any municipal or school lot will have two hours to move out of the lot. Any vehicles not moved by 11 a.m. will be ticketed and towed so that City crews can safely plow and treat the lots.

Property owners are also reminded that you will have six daylight hours tomorrow to clear sidewalks abutting your property of snow and ice. Sidewalks not cleared by 1 p.m. may result in tickets each day until the sidewalk is clear.

If you have a non-emergency question, please call 311 (or 617-666-3311 from outside the city).

Thank you.
13 February 2017 @ 08:44 am
From the Somerville by Design website:
The City of Somerville’s Planning Department invites community members in the Davis Square area to a series of Somerville by Design meetings aimed at chartering the next steps in developing this great neighborhood while preserving its character.

Whether you are a renter or owner; new to the neighborhood or a long time resident, a planning meeting veteran or never attended one: We want to hear from you!
February 13th – History and Future
March 2nd – New Developments
March 21st – Aesthetics and Character
April 4th – Aesthetics and Character Continued
April 25th – Design Guideline Reviews
Somerville Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
12 February 2017 @ 05:15 pm
I'm finally selling my condo in Davis Square and I need a lawyer for the closing. These three folks were recommended by my real estate agent:
* Kelly Bonnevie, Esq. Wilson Marino & Bonnevie, PC www.wmblawfirm.com
* Anthony Troiano, Esq. www.troianolawfirm.com
* Mary Doyle, Esq. Ligris & Associates

Anyone had any experience with any of them or have alternatives to suggest?
12 February 2017 @ 07:30 pm
I noticed a recently dated sign on the Spoke front door saying "Spoke" is applying for a full liquor license. Does this mean they are reopening? Anyone know?
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti with important snow emergency information for Sunday, February 12.

Based on current weather forecasts, Somerville is declaring a snow emergency to go into effect at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, February 12. Because meters are not in effect on Sundays, residents may begin moving their cars now to the EVEN-numbered side of the street (unless posted signage states otherwise) or into municipal or school parking lots.

Ticketing and towing will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday for cars not moved to the correct side of the street or to a municipal or school lot. Full snow emergency and snow removal policies may be found on the City’s website at www.somervillema.gov/snow.When parking in a lot, please remember that cars must be moved from all lots within two hours of the end of the emergency.

Again, since this is a #ParkEVEN snow season, cars must park on the even side of the street (unless otherwise posted) during snow emergencies.

Somerville Public Schools will be closed on Monday, February 13. As of this time, library, recreation and school activities planned for Monday are to be determined. Some City offices will be open on Monday, however please call before visiting any office to confirm they are open. Trash pickup will continue as usual.

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.

Thank you as always for your cooperation and patience during this winter season.
09 February 2017 @ 10:11 pm
Audition sign-ups for Theatre@First's production of Mourning Becomes Electra are now open!

About the Play: Murder. Adultery. Revenge. Mourning Becomes Electra retells one of the most famous Greek tragedies, set in Civil War-era New England. The play focuses on the tumultuous history casting a dark shadow over General Ezra Mannon, his wife Christine, and his children Lavinia and Orin. When Lavinia uncovers her mother's murderous intents toward Ezra, she takes drastic action to protect her father and begins her own descent into evil, grief, and despair. Now's your chance to be part of Eugene O'Neill's rarely performed adaptation of Aeschylus's Oresteia.

Mourning Becomes Electra will perform May 12-20 at Unity Somerville.

Auditions will be held February 26 & 28 from 7-10pm. No monologue is required for this audition.

Sign up today at http://www.theatreatfirst.org/shows/mourning_becomes_electra/auditions.shtml.