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It's in Harvard Square, and is specifically for young folks, and is run by Harvard students, apparently. It looks to be far more supportive and respectful than the other shelters in the area (of which I am unfortunately familiar). The bunk beds look really cool!

I had heard that the previous shelter run by students at Harvard was much better than the rest (but was really hard to get into). So this one will likely be good as well. Now we just need a bunch more of these to serve all the homeless and semi-homeless, rather than having to kick some people out on the streets even when they really want to be in the shelters...
27 August 2015 @ 10:05 am
I'm in Malden but I'm in Somerville at heart so I thought I'd offer this here first: I've got lots of boxes, all sizes, in good shape for moving. Some are broken down (mainly the larger ones) and others are not and are nested (mainly smaller ones, like liquor store boxes). I've also got lots of paper and bubble wrap. If you could use this and are able to drive to Malden (Main Street in the Edgeworth area), let me know!
26 August 2015 @ 12:26 pm
Following up on Ron's post below, I'll be tabling in Davis Square today and tomorrow to register voters.  You can find me ~2-6 PM today and tomorrow, and a volunteer will be manning the table in the evening -- look for us sitting with a big chalkboard sign (see photo).  Stop by to fill out a registration form (which I'll take to City Hall for you), or just to say hi and chat about Somerville.

I can register anyone in Somerville, but reminder for Ward 6 voters that Friday is the last day to register for the Alderman preliminary on Sept 17.


To vote in the September 17 preliminary election for Ward 6 Alderman in Somerville, you must be registered to vote by this Friday, August 28. Only Ward 6 will be having an election in September.

Ward 6 contains Davis Square and much of the immediately surrounding area, stretching up to Tufts University and towards Porter and Ball squares. Find out whether you live in Ward 6 by entering your address into this form or looking at this map.

You can register to vote, or change your registration address if you've recently moved, in a few different ways:

  • in person at City Hall
  • Fill out this form online, print it, sign it, and mail it, postmarked by this Friday
  • Pick up a paper voter registration form at a library, fill it in, sign it, and mail it, postmarked by this Friday
  • NEW: If you have a Massachusetts drivers' license or state ID, you can register to vote online. Deadline is still this Friday.
25 August 2015 @ 03:40 pm
A new live music venue, Thunder Road, is opening up soon in Union Square. Vanyaland got a bunch of photos of the inside. They've already posted some shows on their schedule. Sadly it looks to be all 21+, at least so far. With TT's closing recently, the area could use another 18+ venue.
25 August 2015 @ 10:54 am
I'm joining the many who are switching addresses this week, and this piece has to go. Very solid (it's heavy), 2 drawers & 2 cabinets still in perfect working order with all original hardware. Measures 60x20x37.

I hate to give it up - has tons of storage space, but it wont fit in the teeny new apt. If you can take it before Saturday, let's talk. (I honestly have no idea what it's worth.) I'm in Ball Sq.
Hey guys, this is more by Inman Square, but I thought folks might be interested.  I posted here a few months back searching for housing; I remembered a couple folks showing interest in my comics, so here's some stuff going!  Just so you know, the Boston Comics Roundtable does events every weekend or so at their new space over in Somerville.  Check it (and us) out!
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The Boston Comics Roundtable’s Creator Talk series will continue on Sunday September 6th with mental health cartoonist LB Lee. Held at the new Boston Comics Workspace at 561 Windsor St., Studio 306, the event is free and open to the public, though a suggested donation of $5 is welcome. Lee’s talk will begin at 2:00 pm and is sponsored by Ninth Art Press.

Lee lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a topic explored in their comic MPD For You and Me. Their work, populated with “mentally unusual people,” incorporates rigorous research with a playful approach. They have appeared at various academic conferences and comics conventions, shining a light on the realities of trauma, homelessness, eating disorders, and other less-than-traditional but important topics.

Lee’s Creator Talk will focus on process, from research to the final product. They will discuss the challenges that come with mental health cartooning—telling difficult stories and translating psychological phenomena into readable art—as well as personal challenges that come with working around a disordered memory.

About LB Lee
LB is a multivarious entity who make mental health comics, draw pretty pictures, and write stories about a mythical medieval Europe where the Roman Empire never existed. You can find more about LB Lee and their work online at http://healthymultiplicity.com/loonybrain/Home.html.

When: Sunday September 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Where: 561 Windsor Street, Studio 306, in Somerville

Facebook Event.

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

The long-awaited Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford could cost as much as $1 billion more than the T’s initial budget estimates, raising doubt about whether the project will be completed.

I don't even have words for this.
23 August 2015 @ 03:29 pm
I know it's a little out of Davis Sq., but I hope the group will bear with me.

I was looking for a coffeeshop near Broadway and Cutter and while looking on Google Maps, I happened to notice a listing for "Risque Cafe" at 76 Thurston St. I'd never heard of the place and was intrigued by the name and googled it and found.... very little.

All the results i turned up are simply auto-populated from some central database. I found no reviews, no marketing copy, nothing at all to indicate it's a real place. When I clicked on the street view, it seems to be a residential area with no businesses. If this place does exist (and the google maps is correct), then it's in a home with no signs that I can find on street view. Social media searches only turned up a place in Florida and another in Chicago.

I'm fascinated, of course, and inventing all sorts of fantastical scenarios in my head. I almost don't want to ask because in my head it's a semi-legal burlesque-themed speakeasy in someone's basement and you need a password to get in. But I am curious. Can anyone offer more solid information?
This Wednesday, the 26th, from 7-9pm at Forge, there will be a coffee pour over lesson and tix are on sale on Eventbrite.  Here's an exerpt from the description:

Forge Baking Company presents our first in a series of workshops. Intro to Coffee and Pour Overs will be an interactive educational 2 hour class with Brendan, our Coffee Trainer. Brendan will be covering the history of coffee; there will be a multimedia presentation as well as a coffee tasting component. The class will highlight pour over technique, as well as offer a platform for participants to make pour overs, and focus on things like grind settings, water, weight, and the timing of a pour over in order to yield a consistently great cup of coffee. Each participant will receive a 12oz bag of an offering from Intelligentsia Coffee upon completion of the class as well as a 10% discount on all retail items purchased that night.

Have questions about Intro to Coffee & Pour Over Workshop? Contact Forge Baking Company

20 August 2015 @ 08:30 pm
Today I received a citation because a tree in my yard is partially obscuring a street name sign. I've lived in Somerville for 25 years and never heard this was the responsibility of the home owner or heard of anyone receiving such a citation. I think the city is reaching into the depths of ordinances to find ways to raise money. If it's so important, why didn't any of the gazillions of emails I receive from the city mention it like they mention snow shoveling?

I've heard of other places which enforce such ordinances as a way to achieve public good--not to raise money. In such places, it is official policy that if you correct the problem and bring evidence to the hearing officer, the fine will be suspended.
The Family Dollar on Somerville Avenue, near Conway Park, has a STORE CLOSING banner hanging outside. As far as I know, our Family Dollar in Davis Square is staying open.

The few times I've gone there, the Somerville Ave. store seemed less cluttered, better organized, and friendlier than the Davis store.
Join the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Somerville Bicycle Committee for a fun bike ride exploring Somerville's new "green" initiatives with the theme "Food, Flowers, and Farming: All Flourishing Anew in Somerville". The ride begins at 1 pm on Sunday, September 13, at Somerville City Hall.

The ride is geared for all ages and riding levels, and it will be escorted by the Somerville Police. There will be a few rest stops as well.

A $3.00 Donation is appreciated, and refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the ride at Aeronaut Brewery!

(This ride was originally scheduled for May 31, and then for June 28, but was rained out both days. Let's hope for better weather this time!)

For those of you who like Facebook events, here's ours. And here's a map of our route.

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17 August 2015 @ 09:51 pm
I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for dog trainers in the Somerville area?
Remember that time two years ago when a creepy guy rang my doorbell at 9:30pm on a weeknight hoping to ask me some questions about my solar system?


Last night at around 8:40pm, the SAME GUY rang my doorbell, said he noticed the solar panels on my house and wanted to know if we could answer some questions about them. My wife, who answered the door, told him no.  I guess he forgot that we shooed him away two years ago? Or thought that maybe we'd changed our minds?

Again, who does this? And if the stranger in question reads this board: Maybe you should leave a note with your phone number or email address instead? If you don't have any paper with you, well, you know where I live and you could always come back later.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

In advance of the September 17 primary, Davis Action Group plans to present a list of questions to candidates for our next Ward 6 Alderman. They are seeking your input on what those questions should be. Please fill out a survey form online to complete a ranking of proposed questions and give input on what DAG has missed. You can also e-mail DAG directly at info@davisactiongroup.com. They would like all survey responses by this Sunday, August 16.

Here's an updated list of web links for each candidate:

The official ribbon-cutting for the Community Path extension will happen on Wednesday, August 19 at 2 pm where the path intersects Cedar Street. MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack and Mayor Joe Curtatone will be there.
10 August 2015 @ 07:54 am
Hey kids, anyone know if there's a place around Davis to get Water Country coupons? I remember the library used to have Canobie Lake coupons and was interested to find out if anyone had seen them for Water Country recently. Thanks!
07 August 2015 @ 05:33 pm
[Note: This is not Davis Square-specific, but I hope it's still okay to post. I'm also not sure what tags to use]


The BTMC is currently seeking a pianist for choral rehearsals and concerts. The chorus rehearses on Wednesdays from 7-9pm in the greater Boston area (location to be disclosed at interview). The BTMC is a safe, supportive, community-driven chorus for transgender [as well as genderqueer/fluid/agender/etc] singers. Founded in November 2014, the chorus aims to provide an uplifting, joyous, and musically-educational choral music setting for transgender singers to explore the joy of singing together, build music skills, and create positive community.

Musical requirements:
- Experience as a collaborative pianist with choral settings in particular (warm-ups, reviewing parts, etc.);
- Ability to play traditional, classical styles, as well as popular and jazz (chord charts) styles;
- Proficiency in sight-reading; and
- Background in ear training and teaching ear training is a plus.

Community requirements:
Due to the BTMC's commitment to creating a safe and supportive environment for transgender people, who generally experience profound discrimination in our society at large, it is strongly preferred that candidates be very familiar with the transgender community, culture, and preferences in terms of pronouns, social experience, health status, and respectful communication.

Compensation: fee-for-service
- $50.00 per rehearsal (Expecting 30-35 rehearsals from September 2015-June 2016)
- $100 per performance (Expecting 5-10 performances from September 2015-June 2016)

For more information and to apply, please contact Sarah Borgatti (sarah.borgatti@gmail.com).

(if you decide to reply here or PM me, thank you for your interest! But I'm not directly involved with the application process, I'm just a messenger. Please also feel free to signal boost and spread the word as you feel inclined)

(Posting for my friend Briana. It's this Saturday—tomorrow—and y'all should come.)

I want to welcome all of you to the estate sale I'm having on Saturday August 8th, 2015 from 10am-4pm, in the backyard of 9 Quincy Street Medford, MA.

My grandmother was a museum director and a very cool lady (read more). Her taste was sophisticated and splashy, and there will be many cool pieces for sale.

She had extensive collections of art and rare books, and I'll be selling some of these items separately from the estate sale. If you're interested in learning more about them, contact me at brianabean@gmail.com.

I hope you'll spread the word, and I hope to see you August 8th!

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Hello DSLJ community! My name is Lance Davis and I am running for Alderman here in Ward 6. I'd like to thank Ron Newman for the invitation to introduce myself, formally, in this space, for those of you who don't already know me. Davis Square Live Journal has been such a valuable community resource for many years. I've tried to contribute when I have something to add to a discussion; I've traded veggies with surrealestate; and I even donated some cedar shingles to emcicle one time! It's a great community and I'm thrilled to be here now as a candidate for Alderman.

My wife, Amy, and I have lived in Somerville for the past 14 years, choosing to raise our two children in this unique and diverse city. We both have been active in the community throughout that time, volunteering in the schools and with the PTA, as supporters of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, and, as a founder and leader of Progress Together for Somerville, I worked closely with parents, educators, and members of the community to strengthen our public schools across the city. Ten years ago I worked to help elect Rebekah Gewirtz to this seat and I'm humbled to have earned her support in this race. Through my involvement, I have come to understand the concerns of Somerville residents and recognize the importance of prioritizing community.

My family and I have witnessed tremendous changes in our community since we bought our home on Highland Avenue those 14 years ago and I have seen how these changes affect my neighbors in Ward 6 and throughout the city. I see people struggling to stay and being pushed out of Somerville due to rising housing costs, which negatively affects our city’s rich diversity. I will work with residents and the city to ensure that more seniors and families can afford to stay and newcomers are better able to afford to make Somerville their home.

Below the cut is the full bio from my website (www.lancedavis.org). If there's anything you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly, either by email at Lance@LanceDavis.org or by phone or text at 857-291-1909!

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05 August 2015 @ 09:48 pm
I just got back from my first trip to Outback Steakhouse in Somerville's Assembly Row.  Good food, standard "Outback" fare.  I really like it.  They apparently opened last Monday, so it's been just over a week that they've been open.  Parking is getting weird, the big lot outside of Sports Authority/ACMoore/Bed,Bath,Beyond is getting difficult to park in, as it fills up.  Expect it to, since they put meters on the sidewalk about 6 feet from the curb (!) so free parking in the large lot is likely to go poof as soon as more folks decide that it's easier to park for free and closer than to pay to park further from the restaurants.
05 August 2015 @ 09:14 am
Hi all - any recommendations for a lawn maintenance service that can handle a modest Somerville backyard (plus side yard)?
Thanks in advance!
04 August 2015 @ 07:31 pm
next to Johnny D's, in the storefront where Kindred Tea & Tonic was open for a few minutes earlier this year.

They have six barstools and room for about the same number of standees, so it's not going to be a place to hang out for a long time.
Below is an email I got about an upcoming show:
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Nathan Tufts Park (aka Powderhouse Park)
Somerville, MA

Admission is FREE

August 14th 6:00pm (OPENING NIGHT)
August 15th 2:00pm and 6:00pm (PRESS NIGHT)
August 16th 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 21st 6:00pm
August 22nd 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 23rd 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 28th 6:00pm
August 29th 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 30th 2:00pm and 6:00pm

For more information, visit: http://maidenphoenix.org/events

ABOUT MAIDEN PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY: We are a Boston Fringe Theatre Company committed to telling stories about women: where we are, where we were, and where we are going. We are committed to giving opportunities to female theater artists, onstage and off, by having at least 51% female involvement in all aspects. We focus on plays that tell women's stories, past, present, and future, in the hopes of breaking down stereotypes, breaking through barriers, and reaching a more equal world.
Does anyone known what happened to Salon Mia Bella (also known as Salon D'Elegance) on Mass Ave at Dover Street? I've been getting my hair cut there every few months, but when I tried going there today, they appeared to be out of business.
Looks like a bid has been chosen for the Powder House School site.  Details in the city's press release:

I've read the proposal, and while there are some good design ideas that will open up, expand, and enhance the public outdoor spaces in the site, the building use will be focused on housing and commercial space, with only token concessions to SomerVision's priorities of arts and community oriented space. It's a far cry from the most exciting of the proposals, like the possible new home for Artisan's Asylum (I really hope they have other options they're considering and that this wasn't their only shot at staying in Somerville!).  But here's my big question: why is the city accepting a bid of only $2.7 million for a property that is valued at $7 million (and post-development will be potentially valued at more than $20 mil)?

Additionally, of the 40 housing units 7 will be designated affordable (a better proportion than at Assembly), and 12 units will be designed for aging-in-place, though I note that the degree of overlap of the affordable and senior housing is not stated.  Has anyone heard what the plan is in this regard?

That said, I'm glad the city is moving forward, as the most important thing is to get our vacant spaces into development before they become a public safety hazard, like certain Social Security buildings we all know.

(some more of my own thoughts on Facebook)
I'm looking to rent a garage, self-storage space, warehouse, basement, gym in poor condition, or something along those lines to use as event space in late October. It's for an indie theater production, not a rave or anything. 500+ square feet desired, 300+ sq ft ok. Needs to have heat and electricity, and preferably access to a bathroom, and ideally within 1.5 miles of the T (Davis area would be great, but it doesn't have to be). Does anyone want to rent me their space? Anyone know anyone? Thanks in advance!
27 July 2015 @ 10:48 am
Tonight is the Somerville Homeless Coalition Pig Pickin' event at Redbones.  Monday, July 27th, 5-9pm.
Great food!  Great cause!  Great excuse to not cook dinner tonight!
More info here: http://www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org/upcoming-events/redbones-pig-pickin/
25 July 2015 @ 05:04 pm
Hello Davis Square-ians,

On Monday August 3rd the Boston Zine Fest is presenting a special, one-time screening of Filmage: the story of Descendents/ALL at the Somerville Theatre.  The showing is at 7:30pm, tickets are only $10, and are available day of, or in advance online HERE.  This showing is a fundraiser for the Boston Zine Fest, which is happening at Make Shift Boston and Simmons College in October.

The film is a documentary about the seminal punk bands Descendents and ALL, which share the same members except the vocalists.  Even if you aren't a fan of either band, or even punk in general, the film is a really well made documentary about the trials and tribulations about bands that record and tour as their full time jobs.  Hopefully you'll join us for this special screening to benefit a good community cause!

Liz for Boston Zine Fest

P.S. you can view the trailer for the film HERE
24 July 2015 @ 03:02 pm
Theatre@First is thrilled to welcome back Festival@First, a night of short plays written and directed by up-and-coming talent. This year’s lineup features fairy tales for grown-ups, original interpretations of folktales, nursery rhymes and classic stories.

Don't miss a night of princes and princesses, witches and animals, magic and laughter, and the occasional monster under the bed.

6 William Street, Somerville

Friday, July 31
Saturday, August 1
Thursday, August 6
Friday, August 7
Saturda, August 8

Saturday, August 1

TICKETS: $15 for adults
$12 for students/seniors.
Contains mature language and content.
Group discounts available.

Hi.  My name is David W.S. Lieberman, I am a candidate to be the next Alderman from Somerville Ward 6.

My experience working with students as a City Year AmeriCorps member, prosecuting corruption, fraud, and environmental crimes with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, and advocating for clients as a private attorney, has helped give me a set of skills that will make me a strong advocate for our community.

I fell in love with Somerville in 2003, when I moved here to attend Tufts University. After we graduated from law school, my wife, Jessica, and I decided to purchase a home on Powder House Terrace and start our lives here because it is a wonderful, growing, vibrant place to live, work and raise a family.

I am excited about Somerville’s future, but I believe it needs strong leadership to ensure that as it grows and develops, it maintains its essential character and remains a place that both its long-time citizens and newer residents can call home.

Some of the issues I am most passionate about include pursuing a housing policy that will help assure our residents
- both owners and renters - that they can afford to raise their families in Somerville for the long term; making local government more responsive to the needs of our residents and businesses; and making sure that all those who do business in and benefit from our City pay their fair share.

If you are interested in learning a bit more about me, you can visit my campaign webite, my facebook page, follow me on twitter, e-mail me at davidwslieberman@gmail.com or call or text me at 617-863-0311.  I posted my full bio from my website below.  I will be out knocking doors and meeting people all summer, so I hope to run across you .  In addition, I've been thinking about doing a meet-up in Davis Square some time this summer to get a chance to meet more people, hear what they think about our community and give them another chance to size me up in person.  Is that something that some of you might be interested in attending?

I have been following DSLJ for some time and I was excited that Ron Newman suggested that I introduce myself here.  I'd love to hear what you all think about the future of Davis Square, Somerville, Johnny D's, 240 Elm Street, etc, and I look forward to answering any questions you have about me

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Neighborways is a way to make safe, friendly travel on designated streets a reality. Mark Chase has been pushing on this and, receiving approval, needs help.
Read his note below and check out the Neighborways website to understand what the heck this is! I hope you like it as much as I do! http://www.somervillestreets.com/

Paul Bockelman

From Mark Chase:
Last Thursday night the Somerville Traffic Commission heartily endorsed the 2015 Neighborway Pilot Project. What does this mean? By the end of this summer we will see a low stress connection between the High School and Davis Square! Assuming people like this as much as we think they will, this is the first step in connecting every school, park and square in Somerville with a network of low stress kid friendly streets.

There’s a lot to do in the next month. If you’re interested in lending a hand here are some of things we are looking for for help:
Painting Somerville’s first street painting on Willoughby Street. We will get a permit to close Willoughby Street do to this on a Sunday in August. Exact date TBA. This will be posted on the Neighborways website.
Physically painting our planters and streets-- especially if you are a night owl as this will be after midnight. If you have a spray gun we can borrow, that would be especially helpful!
Building simple platforms that our planters will sit on (simple carpentry skills)
Flyering streets where our neighborways are planned so more people will know about and support the project. In particular if you know anyone who lives on Woodbine and/ or Montrose Streets; those are the streets where we could use some more outreach.

Other things we’ll need help with are musicians to entertain us while we paint Willoughby. If you know a fun band that can appeal to all ages of people, please let me know. Thanks for all your support!
All kinds of fun stuff, including unique Boston stuff like old signs, historic pictures of South Boston, and much more. Other things include:

Boxes of old tools, old woodworking stuff
Lots of books
Lots of board games
Set of Danish furniture
Record player and many records
Unique art, screenprints, posters
Large metal signs and sign letters
A small electronic drone
Bike parts
Kitchen stuff
lots of other fun bits, waaay too much to list.

It's on Glenwood Road between Medford and Broadway, look for signs and balloons and stuff pointing the way.

Current Mood: nerdynerdy
I attended tonight's licensing board hearing; most of the proceedings were special alcohol permits for various parties and functions, but a few bits of local interest:
• The former Kindred will become a coffeeshop called Nine Bar Espresso. They were approved for their Recorded Entertainment permit (so they can play music from an iPod)
• Taco Party in Ball Square (the former Zing Wingz space) was approved as well.
• Tenoch's entertainment permit as well as their beer & wine licenses were approved. Both of their elderly next-door neighbors voiced their concerns about noise and rowdiness, but a representative of the Mayor's office was there to voice the city's support and to note that the community meeting last week had gone very well. The Board approved them with one member abstaining grumpily.
19 July 2015 @ 02:56 pm
Hi all,
I am wondering if anyone has good leads on snow removal services? I would like to set up a service now (I owe my family a ton of snow shoveling, since I was out of the country during Snowrmageddon 2014). Any leads or suggestions for finding reliable services that offer a contract vs per shovel, would be most appreciated!

Join Creative Somerville for an "anti-powerpoint" (i.e., it's a casual event, less formal networking, more learning and sharing) talk by MaryCat Chaikin, one of the founders of Relish Management on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing (14 Tyler St.). This is the company behind three of Somerville's farmers markets, the Fluff Festival and more, which MaryCat will discuss, in addition to sharing about her journey to become a creative entrepreneur. The event is free (but please RSVP as space is limited) and promises to be a fun, inspiring evening of conversation, a chance to meet like-minded locals and, of course, beer! 
16 July 2015 @ 07:36 pm
I've gotten a car (yay!), and would like to get my windows tinted. Any good local recommendations?
Current Mood: Pale & sun avoidant