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27 August 2016 @ 07:22 pm
I was checking out the Tufts football schedule for this season and noticed that the Sept. 24th home game is slated to start at 6 pm. Considering the games usually take 3 hours and need time (and lights) for overtime, that seemed off. Most Tufts games start between noon and 1:30.

I checked today... the field doesn't have any recently installed lights, but this tweet seems to confirm that the game will be a night game:

Tufts Football
We're just 1 month from kickoff under the lights at the Ellis Oval!! #LightsCameraBos #BostonsNESCACTeam #RollBos

I expect a different vibe for the neighborhood with a night game. If successful, it might signal a change in the pattern for the future.
3 officers standing by the CVS stopping cyclists. Not sure if they're ticketing or not, but I suspect so.
27 August 2016 @ 08:26 am

There are a bunch of "No Parking Emergency" signs along Francesca Ave for all day today, but the only reason I can make out on them is "B/O." I'm trying to figure out if the street's going to be closed today, because I was thinking about running some errands with a Zipcar. I thought maybe the church block party was today, but according to their events calendar it's still a month out. Anybody know what's going on? Thanks in avdance.

FLOAT is having its first Pay What You Can weekend this weekend, in which you can barter for float time with whatever you're good at.  Craft projects?  Produce from your garden?  Baked goods?  Tickets to your show?  Graphic design time?  What do you have?  Make us an offer – contact info@floatboston.com.  There are a few spaces left, but going fast.


Also:  FLOAT is hiring!  If you're interested in working for us, please check out the job posting:

Howdy! Doing a bit of spring cleaning, and we have a few things that are looking for good homes.

The big item is a corner desk. It was originally from Ikea, I believe (it predates me in this house), and is still in perfectly good shape -- I've simply replaced it with a standing desk, which is more to my preference. It is now fully disassembled down in our basement, but you can find pictures of it in this album. I took the photos as I was taking it apart, to help understand how to put it back together.

It's mostly a lot of small-to-medium-sized pieces. The only tricky bit is the main desktop, which is about four feet square -- it can probably fit in a standard car, but it's not small, and probably wants two people to carry it safely.

It includes an aftermarket keyboard tray that I added, and goes to the first person who comes and gets it. It's a good desk, with lots of useful space in a small footprint, ideal for office or student use.

I've also got a bunch of comics longboxes -- the three-foot ones that hold a couple hundred comics each. I'm gradually whittling down my massive comics collection, and have about ten longboxes now sitting empty. They're used, but still intact. First come, first serve -- while I'm happy to give them all to one person, I expect folks are more likely to want just a couple of them.

Finally, we've got a pile of spice jars, mostly from Penseys. We'll recycle them if need be, but if somebody has a use for them, please drop me a note.

We're on Murdock Street, just off Cedar St. at the Ball Square end. (Near the end of the Community Path.) If you're interested in any of the above, you can contact me by messaging me here, or email me at jducoeur at gmail. Thanks!
25 August 2016 @ 11:52 am
A piece of siding has fallen off of the third floor of my house and I can not find anyone to go up on a ladder to replace it. I still have the siding. I've called every siding person and handyman within 5 miles of Davis Square - including those listed here - and the job is either too small or they won't go up that high. Anyone know anyone who might be interested in this job? I'm at a total loss.
A sign on the door says

Somerville Express Center is closing August 25.

Our Boston Center is located at 1055 Commonwealth Avenue and is accessible via the MBTA.

To make an appointment, call 1.800.230.PLAN or visit PPLM.org

Here's a statement from Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, the organization's president and CEO, dated June 30.

The office opened on February 22, 2006.
21 August 2016 @ 04:09 pm
It’s a run + bike + run! Looking for something active and local to do in the Boston area as we move into Fall? Sign up to participate in this LOCAL DUATHLON fundraiser that’s not only good for your health, but good for the local economy. Run 2 miles, bike 10 miles (indoor), and run 1 more mile to the finish!

Join Somerville Local First, Runfellow, The Training Room, Oat Shop Boston and Neon Bandits for our Community Co-op Series: Health & Wellness Edition. Our mission is to bring small businesses together to strengthen the local economy through collaboration. Proceeds go directly to Somerville Local First, and the funds are used throughout the year to support SLF members as they work to grow their local brands.

How can you help support all things local in Somerville? Sign up online via The Training Room website by selecting the September 24th date on the calendar and clicking on your preferred time slot. Registration for this event is FREE, with donations (suggested, $30) accepted at the event. Oat Shop Boston will be on hand for post-workout fuel, Runfellow will be selling gear and Neon Bandits will serving up socks. That’s right, action-lifestyle socks. What are you waiting for?
Current Location: The Training Room
Current Mood: Healthy
Current Music: Survivor
So it turns out we have a lot of neighbors interested in this issue. We filled a room with Cambervillens who wanted to know how this worked for the more complicated situations that we face around here. You can see the turnout in a photo here: https://www.facebook.com/GreenSomerville/ The funniest part for me was during my segment, people actually applauded my electric bill.

We don't have a videotape of this event, but I do have a blog post up with everyone's slides. http://www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize-blog.html#multi And if you have any questions about the content, I can get you to the creator of that segment for more details. If you want to see my electric bill, it's slide 27.

We also just got the video from our big launch event. I'll do a blog post with some viewing tips/times and the slides from the presenters soon. But if you want to watch the video sooner, feel free. I'll put that below the LJ cut.

Important news: the state is proposing to reduce the SRECs for folks who get interconnected after early January 2017, and the draft proposal says that 1 SREC may = 0.80 in the interim until SRECIII comes along. Because solar has been so successful, we are starting to see incentives changing. If you have been considering solar, it really is time to act before incentives change. They will still exist, the payback time will just take you longer after that.
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16 August 2016 @ 02:05 pm
Spooky Greetings!

The Post Meridian Radio Players Halloween 2016 show, Tomes of Terror: Campfire Tales, has an immediate need of your talent to fill the following crucial crew positions:

Stage Manager
Digital Sound Designer
Sound Board Operator

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15 August 2016 @ 10:49 am
I noticed this beautiful mirror on the curb this morning. It has a tag that says made in Italy. About four feet tall. Would be a shame for it to be trashed!

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11 August 2016 @ 05:33 pm
Theatre@First is proud to present

by Thomas Kidd
directed by Mary Parker

The battlefields of Spain are a walk in the park in this fast-paced take on Thomas Kidd's funny, gory, tragic story of a Ghost, a Girlfriend, a Portuguese Prince, and the Spirit of Revenge! Join Theatre@First and Director Mary Parker for a fantastic evening of free theatre in Nathan Tufts Park.

Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August
Saturday 20 August
Thursday 25 August
Friday 26 August
Saturday 27 August

Nathan Tufts Park, 850 Broadway, Somerville 02144
Rain Dates: Sunday 21 August and Sunday 28 August

Visit our website for more information!
Do you like a good ghost story around a crackling campfire in the woods? The Post-Meridian Radio Players invites you to audition for Tomes of Terror: Campfire Tales, to be performed the last two weekends in October at Responsible Grace Church in Davis Square. Be a camper on a spooky autumn camp-out, sharing tales of dark darkness, and urban legends, too. We also need foley performers. All of the details and audition sign-ups are here: http://pmrp.org/events/campfire/auditions

See you at camp....!
​Got this email update on the Neighborhood Produce project, reposted with permission:

Hi All,

A big thank-you to everyone who came out to our first pop-up on Saturday and Sunday! We had a great weekend, talked to many supporters, and met a lot of new people from the neighborhood. It was an incredible feeling to finally provide fresh food to the Winter Hill community. It was the first time this variety of produce has been available west of McGrath, since the Star Market closed in 2007!

Next Pop Up:
We will be holding our next pop-up this weekend, same place same time. Please swing by, say hello, check it out, and grab a beer, coffee, or sandwich from the WHBC.

Where: Winter Hill Brewing Company - 328 Broadway, Somerville
When: Saturday 8/13 and Sunday 8/14
Time: 10am to 3 pm

Mass Food Trust Update:
The legislature completed the Economic Development Bill on July 29th, and the authorization for the Mass Food Trust stayed intact! It will now go to the Governor who has 10 days to sign. Please stay tuned for more, and thank you to everyone who contacted their Representative and helped get the bill to this point.

I hope everyone is enjoying this August, and trying to relax and stay cool.

Matt Gray [proprietor]
08 August 2016 @ 04:04 pm
Hi all, the Leonid meteor shower is ongoing, with peak viewing expected to be Thursday night into Friday morning. For any people into this kind of thing, where do you suggest going to view? Obviously we need to get away from the city, but does anyone have a favorite spot? Thanks!
08 August 2016 @ 01:52 pm
I've been racking my brain and searching the Internet with no luck but I feel sure someone here can help me. What was the name of the café/restaurant/catering place at 136 College Ave. before The Broken Yolk was there (and then obviously before Noor)? You could dine in but they had prepped dishes daily that were most often taken to go. They were open in 2003-04 for sure, plus some time before and after. TIA!
08 August 2016 @ 12:35 pm
Saturday August 13, 8:30 PM

Tisha b’Av commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples. In keeping with the theme of mourning losses the Jewish people have suffered, at the Havurah we read by candlelight or flashlight, don't greet each other before or after the service, and those who are able to sit on the floor. In addition to chanting Eicha (Lamentations) we sing mournful songs. Although sad, it can be a powerful experience and we hope you'll join us.

Havurat Shalom
113 College Ave
Somerville MA 02144

for more info
call: 617-623-3376 (voice)
go to: http://www.thehav.org/
or email: info@thehav.org
08 August 2016 @ 09:47 am
Theatre@First is excited to announce our November show: Love's Labour's Lost (in Space)! Sign-ups are now open to audition on Monday, Aug 29 or Thursday, Sept 1 at Unity Somerville.

Are you a fan of the Bard, or of classic sci-fi tv? Actors are welcome to read for any role regardless of gender. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition.

In Love's Labour's Lost (in Space), Ferdinand of Space Station Navarre and his friends vow to avoid all terrestrial pleasures to pursue a life of study for the next three years. But when the spaceship of the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies arrives, those oaths prove impossible to keep. Faithful to Shakespeare's text, our production will focus on the fantastic comedy of the script, while playing with the possibilities of setting the Bard in the vast beyond.

Mark your calendar now for our performances at Unity Somerville on Nov 11-18!

Visit our website for more information!
I saw a flyer today advertising that Merely Players are doing free outdoor As You Like It in Cambridge parks in late August.

Longfellow Park (Aug 18-21) and Danehy Park (Aug 25-28) [maps here].

Thurs-Sat 7pm
Sun 5pm

(The shows will be free, but their website indicates that they're currently fundraising if you wanna throw some dollars their way or help with advertising.)

03 August 2016 @ 04:06 pm
Hi Folks,

I'm in need of a handyman for lots of random and annoying jobs - sometimes involves getting dirty, sometimes involves climbing ladders, sometimes involves painting etc. Might not get a call for months, and then a few things might pop up that need quick attention.

Any suggestions?
[Note: time has been shifted to 30min earlier. Doors now will open 6pm, program starts 6:30.]

As you might expect. the cities of Cambridge and Somerville are both facing similar challenges on this issue. So the cities teamed up for a special event dedicated to just this matter. There will be other general educational events still, and we are going to have booths at many city events about our Solarize program. But if you are in a multi-unit situtation this event is worth seeking out specifically.

Join the Sunny Cambridge & Solarize Somerville teams for “Solar 102: Going Solar for Multi-Unit Owners, Condo-Owners, and Landlords” Tuesday, August 16 at Lesley University, located at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

Doors open at 6:00 pm, event starts at 6:30 pm in University Hall, Room 2-078 on the Second Floor.

Have your solar questions answered! Visit www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize for more info on the Somerville program. Visit https://www.energysage.com/sunnycambridge/ for info on the Cambridge program.
02 August 2016 @ 01:32 am
4 rm apt – 1 bedroom, living room, "middle" (dining, I guess) room & kitchen. Decent windows. Tired wood floors.
Hasn't been painted in many years, kitchen very shabby, hasn't been updated since 1950's (think: double, chipped porcelain sink on a tin cabinet), except for "self-stick" floor tiles that are all cracked and loose. No kitchen cupboards but there is a pantry. Bathroom rehabbed with "bottom shelf" Home Depot fxtures 10 years ago but now is tired.

Saving graces: quiet street, easy on-street parking and easy walking distance to DS. In apt hook-ups for W & D

Anyone have thoughts on what something like this would rent for in the current DS market? I haven't been "out there" for a long time and am facing a "should I stay or should I go" moment in light of a huge rent increase.
FYI, Senator Elizabeth Warren is coming to the Somerville Theater Tuesday night 08/02 to talk about income inequality, for those interested. It's free, open doors at 6:00PM.

I had missed this news, but Eater reports that the owner/chef of Commonwealth, Steve "Nookie" Postal, has signed a lease to take over the former Subway on Elm St. and create a new restaurant. He hasn't announced what it is yet, but I really like what he's done with the Commonwealth space, so this is awesome news.
Info quoted from: http://teph.org/summer-breeze-block-party/ Sounds like a nice event for kids. There's a bit more detail over there and additional links and contacts for interested folks.


Sunday, August 7th from 11:00am-4:00pm, The Elizabeth Peabody House presents:
The Summer Breeze Block Party!

This will be a free event open to the public, with:
Face Painting!
Moon Bounces!
And much more!

Tours of all of our programs will be offered, and there will be live musical performances by the phenomenal children’s musician Susie Burke.

Whether you’re a current EPH family, interested in an EPH program, or a resident of the greater Somerville area, this will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our neighborhood and foster a deeper connection with each other and our community.
28 July 2016 @ 12:15 pm
I was woken up last night by a very short (but bright and beautiful!) firework display.  They were likely in the direction of Trum Field.  I looked at the clock since it seems kinda late and it was midnight.  Did anyone else hear/see them?  Was I hallucinating?   
28 July 2016 @ 09:50 am
Does anyone know what's happening with the land on Somerville Ave, where they were talking about putting a new fire station? I haven't seen any updates on it and am intensely curious.
27 July 2016 @ 09:45 pm
Hi guys,

I'm looking for an Oreo Carvel cake. Star Market in Porter Square didn't seem to have any Carvel products; just Friendly's.

Any leads? I'm hoping for something T-accessible, but I'd be willing to take a cab if that's my only option.
On Thursday 5:30-7:30pm at City Hall:


    After Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone denied a request from a city police union to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall, the union announced it will hold a rally to protest the banner's "disrespectful" message, according to a release from the Somerville Police Employee's Association.

Personally I think their doing this will make lots of people trust them less, fear them more, and increase danger for everyone, including police. I wish they'd call it off.

Worth noting that the chief of police supports the mayor putting up the banner, and the union is initiating this protest, not the police department leadership, as far as I can tell.
It’s a brunch + concert + makers market! Looking for something hip and local to do in the Boston area on a hot summer Sunday? There’s no better place to shop local, eat local, and support local music than at Somerville Local First’s Music & Makers Event on August 7th.

We will be kicking off the day at 10am with a Strength Training for Runners Workshop hosted by local fitness studio THE TRAINING ROOM, followed by a 3.1 mile run led by local run club, RUNFELLOW at 11am. The makers market opens 11am and runs until 4pm, with music by The Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (classic country, 50s and 60s standards) from 12-3pm. This event is held at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Avenue) in Somerville, MA, and is FREE, easily accessible by car or public transportation.

The following local vendors will be selling food, jewelry, accessories, art, ceramics, perfume, clothing, spices, and more! The bar will be open so you can sip while you shop!

Check out our Facebook invite for an updated list of confirmed vendors: https://www.facebook.com/events/255265371526654/
Current Location: Arts at the Armory
Current Mood: Loving Local
Current Music: The Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs
24 July 2016 @ 01:39 pm
All claimed, thanks!

I'm moving soon and am taking the opportunity to get rid of some stuff that's just been collecting dust in storage, and I could think of no more likely group of people who might want a working iMac G3 (Indigo Color). Runs System 9.1 and comes with a bunch of old games and applications, as well as a vintage humorous cat picture I downloaded in 2003 or so. I've also got a bunch of old shareware sampler CDs and a 3.5" external floppy drive that I can't guarantee is in working order.

Also giving away: a box of comic books, about 1/2 Dark Horse Presents, 1/4 stupid 90s grimdark stuff, 1/4 assorted recent publications. Not suitable for kids (the books that *are* suitable for kids have a taker).
Hi all,

Just spreading the word about the Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK).

The Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK) is a bicycle repair cooperative/collective where members of the community can repair their own bikes, learn about bike repair and attend bike events!

We're totally community run and funded and open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday nights 6-9pm @ 229R Summer Street, Somerville. (in the Sprout space).

Come by to talk bikes, learn about bike repair, participate in bike events and, of course, to use our tools to fix your bike!

Hope to see you there!

21 July 2016 @ 10:08 am
Anyone have moving company recommendations? We're moving a 1BR apartment's worth of stuff.
Solarize Mass Somerville is a community initiative to increase the adoption of solar power for the city's homes and businesses. There's a press release out with a lot of the features of the program: http://www.somervillema.gov/news/solarize-campaign-sets-goal-200-somerville-property-owners-commit-install-solar-panels-0

The next big event is next Tuesday July 26, 6pm, at the TAB building, 167 Holland St., it's an evening of informational talks by representatives of the MassCEC (Clean Energy Center), the selected installer for Somerville SolarFlair, and the city's volunteer Solar Coach Mary Mangan, and we will help residents to understand some of the basic of solar power, the program benefits, and the process of going solar.

The Solarize website has been updated: http://www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize.html You can check the maps and see if your house is suitable for solar. There are other project-related things to explore as well.

Please share the information with your networks to help us Solarize Somerville.

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The Nave Annex has an alternative process photography show going on until August 6.

Thursday & Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Lindsey Beal, Lynné Bowman Cravens, Sage Brousseau, Myles Dunigan, Nina Earley, Kia Elena, David Emitt Adams, Diane Fenster, Adam Finkelston, Angela Franks Wells, Amy Friend, Silke Hase, Brett Henrikson, Scott M. Hilton, Devon John Chebra, Marky Kauffmann, Hannah Kirkpatrick, Paige Kooyenga, Sarah Lazure, Joli Livaudais, Aly Maderson Quinlog, Erika Masterson, Karen Molloy, Beverly Rayner, Michelle Rogers-Pritzl, Tony Sehgal, S. Gayle Stevens, James Wigger, Carrie Witherell, Michael Yurgeles

Full details: http://navegallery.org/wp/mirror-with-a-memory/
I am sorry to report that long-time DSLJ participant Stephanie Clarkson, who used the LJ handle thespian, died this morning (Tuesday, July 19) at Mount Auburn Hospital after a long illness. She was loved by many of us here, and she died much, much too young.
19 July 2016 @ 02:26 pm
Eater.com reports that "Plans for Davis Square Donuts and Bagels have been scrapped and the space appears to be up for lease with items in the store covered in plastic wrap." The shop was supposed to open in the Community Credit Union building, next to the Rosebud.

Earlier posts about this: July 15, 2015 | July 9, 2015
I received a telephone survey this afternoon regarding a potential ballot question this fall that would raise property taxes to pay for the new Somerville High School. This is the first I'd heard that a so-called "Prop 2½ override" was being considered, which, I believe, would be the first such vote in Somerville's history. Does anyone have more information about this?

Background on the new school here: http://www.somervillema.gov/highschool/
17 July 2016 @ 03:40 pm
So, my household is doing some amount of "spring" cleaning (we're late) and just got through a good portion of the kitchen, and realized we've been holding on to empty spice/jam jars (mostly Penzey jars, with a few other similar spice jars and some small jars from friends who make jam) which we're not going to use. (We also have an assortment of loose leaf decaf "tea" (mostly fruit and herb infusions) that we're not going to use, if anybody wants those.) Please write to davis-square@waks.org to inquire or set up a time to pick up any of these.
16 July 2016 @ 05:38 pm
Hi Folks,

Hoping for advice on this one. I have a place in Davis Square that I'm renting out and we have an old drier (not hooked up, but does work ok) rotting the basement. I'd love to get rid of it, but no one on craigslist wants it for scrap or use and every junk place I've called think that a single drier isn't worth their time to haul away. Dragging out to the curb and getting a ticket for garbage to pick up a large item isn't possible for a variety of reasons that I won't go into.

What other options do I have? Advice would be welcome - and if you've had to deal with this before living in the Davis Square area and have a recommendation of someone local who could help out, I'd appreciate it.