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27 January 2015 @ 04:32 pm

I just came back from a little walk around the neighborhood, and saw that these businesses are open:

in Davis Square:

  • CVS (may close around 8 pm)
  • Tedeschi's
  • Mike's Restaurant
  • Foundry
  • Burren
  • Sligo
  • Downtown Wine & Spirits
  • Joshua Tree - was closed but has sign saying they will open at 5:30 pm
  • Dave's Fresh Pasta (thanks, firstfrost!)

in Porter Square:

  • Star Market - one lonely young guy manning one checkout line. I don't think they ever closed overnight.
  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Dunkin Donuts - may be the only place to get coffee around here today. A long, slow-moving but appreciative line. Give them a nice tip if you go there today.

In between:
Hess gas station and convenience store, Mass Ave at Blake Street

The 7-Eleven at Mass. Ave. and Day St. was closed and locked when I walked by it. I didn't know they even had a lock for their front door.

This is not necessarily a complete or exhaustive list -- feel free to add to it in comments. I walked only down Elm St to Porter Square and Mass Ave back to Davis, not down Highland Ave or College Ave or Holland St.
27 January 2015 @ 02:31 pm
So haven't ventured away from my sidewalk and shovel just yet. Are things open in Davis?
The entire MBTA system is shutting down all day tomorrow.

I don't understand this decision. During the Blizzard of '78, at least the underground parts of the T were kept open throughout the storm, as was the Longfellow Bridge crossing. If the state wants people not to travel on the roads tomorrow, shouldn't the T be kept open?
26 January 2015 @ 09:34 am
I'm disabled and can't shovel, so every storm is an issue for me. My landlord shovels the walkway, but I could use help shoveling my car after this week's (or any) blizzard. I have neighbors and friends who have been very helpful in the past, but several of them have moved farther away or need to be home with their kids, so I'm running out of people to impose upon. If you're looking to do a good deed and get a little exercise, please let me know!

If you can't help this week but might be able to after another storm (because this is Boston, so today's won't be our last of the winter!) please let me know.

I'm on Day St and yes, I'll provide a shovel. If you don't want to leave a comment here, you can email me at livinglifehappier at gmail dot com
23 December 2014 @ 06:09 pm
It's been bad for years, but the Davis Sq lofts area of the bike path is almost unusable these days. There is just a huge pile of accumulating mud that is unavoidable. I love the bike path, but it's getting to the point where I take a different route now.

Does anyone know anything about plans to fix it?
22 December 2014 @ 05:20 pm
Just received a Resistat email with 3 updates to the Somerville snow policy:

-Timelines: The timelines for removing snow have changed. If snow stops falling during the night (after sunset), you must shovel your sidewalk by 10 a.m. If snow stops falling during the day (after sunrise), you must shovel your sidewalk by 10 p.m.

-Fines: Fines for not removing snow have doubled. The first offense will cost you $50, the second offense is $100, and the third and subsequent offenses are $200.

-"Clean and lien:" If you don't shovel your sidewalk after three days or more, the City can clear the snow from around your property and charge you for it.
19 November 2014 @ 03:45 pm
The person who has been shoveling my sidewalks and short driveway for the past 5 years has moved  and I am having difficulty finding someone new.  I am looking for someone who would automatically come when it snows and come back if necessary.   I have looked on Craigslist - where I found the person last time - and at Wicked Local Somerville. Neither seemed helpful.  Any suggestions of where else I might look or any recommendations of people you have used would be greatly appreciated
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An isolated tornado or even small hail cannot be ruled out, according to the National Weather Service.

So much for watching the Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse.
12 September 2014 @ 03:21 pm
Maybe more over than technically in Davis Square, but probably of interest to at least some of the residents.

Apparently the northern lights may be visible in the Boston area tonight (courtesy of a really huge solar flare which may also mess with phones and gps and anything else satellite based).

This is a pretty rare occurrence.

Does anyone have suggestions for any good places to stargaze/watch for this in the area?
28 March 2014 @ 12:52 pm
So several large branches blew off a tree near my house & into my backyard during yesterday's storm. What is the proper procedure for getting rid of them? They're huge, and I suspect that even if I am able to cut them into smaller pieces, they won't fit in the Garden Refuse container I have. Thoughts? [not sure I tagged this correctly; mods feel free to change]
17 December 2013 @ 07:38 pm
Anyone have any insight into why the city hasn't declared one? This storm certainly seems to meet the criteria with forecast amounts of 4-8". The closest NWS reports I can find are 4.7" already on the ground in both Winthrop and Logan, and it sure seems like there's more than that out there in front of my house.

ETA: as of 10pm, the city doesn't seem to have plowed any of the roads into, through or out of Davis. From what I could see, Elm, Holland, Highland and Day are untouched, at least near the square (I didn't investigate further), and College was not done all the way to Powderhouse. NWS is saying 5.5" as of 7:30 in Cambridge, and it was still snowing pretty hard at 8:30. I did see a few DPW pickup trucks driving around - not sure what they were doing. No plows or sanders, though.

Given that tomorrow isn't supposed to be above freezing, I suspect the roads are going to be pretty ugly for a bit. Be careful out there, everyone, and please shovel your sidewalks. I saw an older woman almost fall in the middle of the crosswalk between Tedeschi's and the T station entrance. Good thing there were no cars coming at the time.

ETA #2: Just heard a plow go down Kidder at 10:50. Hopefully they're getting out there and finally cleaning this up before it freezes solid (tonight is supposed to be around 20F).
26 July 2013 @ 08:13 pm
So Intense!

It's happening right now! There's actually a bit of a second rainbow, too.
01 July 2013 @ 04:27 pm
Warning Lifted. Never mind.

There is was a Tornado Warning currently in effect. Somerville and Medford are not listed in the NWS bulletin, but the warning does show up on our forecasts.

The bulletin urges urged "Take cover now!"

For my part, I've put my kittens in a carrier, and am standing by for now. Warning is currently set to expire at 4:30, so we may have dodged this one ( or it dodged us).

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A petition has been started to divest the city of Somerville from fossil fuels. This is a great chance for Somerville to be a leader on climate change!

If you're interested in getting involved with the campaign, there will be a  meeting tonight at 6 pm at the Climate Justice Hub in Davis Square.

For more background on what divestment is and why it's important in the fight against climate change, see:
-Bill McKibben's Rolling Stone articles: Global Warming's Terrifying New Math, The Case for Fossil-Fuel Divestment, and The Fossil Fuel Resistance
-A recent Boston Globe article about churches and other faith groups calling for fossil fuel divestment
-A Providence Phoenix article about Providence's recent decision to divest from fossil fuels

18 March 2013 @ 04:37 pm
Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with important snow emergency information for Monday, March 18th. Based on current weather forecasts, the City will be declaring a snow emergency, effective at 6:00 p.m. on Monday. School has been cancelled for Tuesday, March 19th.

During snow emergencies, parking is allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street only (unless otherwise posted). Cars not moved from the even-numbered side of the street by 10:00 p.m. on Monday night may be subject to ticketing and towing. Residents unable to find a parking space on the odd-numbered side of the street may park in any municipal lot or in designated school parking lots.
17 March 2013 @ 08:28 am

I know that this has been a topic here before, but now that the winter is almost over (well, almost may be wishful thinking on my part!), I need some leads re: snow removal services for next year.  Unfortunately, the service we have used over the past several years has proved themselves to be disorganized and unreliable (they screwed up plowing for each of this years storms and often mis-charged us for the amount they plowed!).  Any suggestions would be appreciated!  And......if you would also let me know what you paid this year (per inch, etc.) this would be even better.

Thanks in advance!
08 March 2013 @ 10:43 am
so, how are the roads? i'm supposed to drive my mother to a doctor's appointment in cambridge at 3... anyone wanna give me their best guess if driving will be relatively painless by then?

Hello fellow Davis Squarians,

I drew a comic about the snow sculptures in Seven Hills Park, you can view it here if you so desire.

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23 February 2013 @ 12:22 pm
I just read that the city is coordinating teen volunteers with senior citizens and those with disabilities who need help shoveling snow. For safety, all involved must undergo a CORI check. More from Patch: "If you are a Somerville teen, and interested in helping residents in need in return for a small stipend, please contact the Somerville Council on Aging at 617-625-6600 ext 2300 to learn more, or visit the Council on Aging page on the City website ( to download an application." Those needing help can contact this number also to get an application for the list.
15 February 2013 @ 10:33 pm
(The only way I can personally think of this as Davis-Square-specific is that an earlier musical of mine, "Never After," played at the Somerville Theatre a few years ago. But ron_newman requested that I post this notice, so.)

There now exists video of a read/sing-through of my post-apocalyptic musical "Fire and Ice," performed at the Somerville public library on 2/3/13. It prefigures the blizzard and then some.

Enjoy! That is, if you enjoy darkly sardonic tragedies full of social commentary and singing.
10 February 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Hey fellow Davis Squarians! I've had several people ask for photos of the Seven Hills Park sculptures because they can't make it out here on their own. I figured I'd put up some of my best shots, and solicit other people to share their own. I hope this is appropriate!

(I do not know any artists, as I missed both actual sculpting events. Please say hi if one of these awesome things was yours!)

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Hi neighbors. Is there anyone living within walking distance of 7 Bay State who could share/rent us off-street parking in their driveway until late Sunday or early morning Monday at the latest?

Long story short-- we were stranded in Quincy last night with no power or heat. Made it back to the S'ville house this afternoon with cat in tow but now can't park anywhere. Jay will have to take the car back to Quincy and stay in the no-heat if we can't find something. One compact car, Davis/Ball/Powderhouse, even Teale if it comes to that. Name your price. We are lowly university grunts, but we'll be grateful for a reasonable offer!

EDIT: We got a spot! Thank you everybody! We're safe. Whuff....who needs a drink? (*raises hand*)
Both the Somerville and Cambridge Winter Farmers' Markets are CANCELLED this Saturday, according to their Facebook pages.
07 February 2013 @ 06:23 pm
The T is shutting down all service tomorrow (Friday) at 3:30 pm, according to its web site.

(I don't understand why they need to do this. I was here during the Blizzard of '78, and the T kept at least all of the underground system running throughout. I think that even included the Red Line across the Longfellow Bridge.)
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07 February 2013 @ 03:39 pm
Kids, it's that time again....

When we miss the golden tones of Tom Champion. I'll be raising a mug of hot chocolate to times past this weekend and listening to this awesome remix

And yes, I may have downloaded it. 

I am posting this because I know that all of you have gotten the robocall and just thought...Wow, I wonder what happened to that Tom Champion Remix!
Banditos Misteriosos invite folks to a Snowmandito Party in Seven Hills Park this Saturday, starting at noon:
The idea is simple. This Saturday, we hope that our fair city will be blanketed with snow. You, the illustrious denizens of this metropolis, will gather at noon--or whenever you can get there!--in Seven Hills Park (by Davis Square). Bring rocks, carrots, old scarves, cigars, corncob pipes, food coloring, fairy princess crowns, horse masks, and other accoutrements of your choosing to fulfill our destiny: building a snowman army.

Spread the word! We want to see small snowmen, big snowmen, snowdogs, snowcats, snowladybugs, entire families of snowmen, and non-gender specific snowpeople. Show us what you got, and bring your friends and family. We can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Meanwhile, Artisan's Asylum wants us to come to Union Square for a Snow Day from 1 to 3 pm Saturday:
Grab your buckets, shovels and gloves and join Artisan's Asylum as we set up some speakers, put out some hot chocolate, and build snow forts, snowmen, and whatever other snow sculpture you want in Union Square!

We've done this once before to great affect - two years ago, we had around 200 people join us, and we made Calvin & Hobbes sculptures, igloos, snow-decahedrons, snow dragons, armies of tiny snowmen, and more. You can read more about our previous escapades here:
Due to the scary weather forecast, we are making some changes to both the Nave Gallery/Delicious Torment and the Nave Gallery Annex/PICNIC hours this week. We *are* having the Delicious Torment opening reception tomorrow evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd. The Nave Gallery will then be closed SAT-SUN, opening again next Saturday the 16th.

The Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square will be open tomorrow evening also 6-8 p.m. and then CLOSED until Sunday afternoon 2-4 when you are invited to stop by for dessert and a last view of PICNIC.

Delicious Torment
03 January 2013 @ 08:13 am
Once upon a time, about a decade ago, I was on someone's list and I'd like to get back on it. I was "someone who can help" when some organization (can't remember which one) pulled together emergency shelters for really awful bitter cold nights like last night. Mostly I provided large quantities of hot, filling, caloric food. The shelter was in a church basement somewhere and it was run by some organization associated with a college of some sort.... Yes, I'm entirely aware of the extraordinarily useless vagueness of that sentence. That said, can someone point me int he right direction?

Clearly, the brutal cold streak is ending but I thought that I'd see if I could help out next time. I don't have the time or energy for regular volunteering, but I'm happy to make soup for a pop-up shelter during the next cold snap. My google-fu fails me, mostly due to extreme vagueness.
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02 January 2013 @ 06:01 pm
So now that we're in winter proper, can anyone point me toward some good local hills? One of my roommates grew up in the south and has never been sledding before, which clearly must be remedied.

(Sorry if this has already been discussed somewhere. I looked through the tags but wasn't really sure where it would be.)
30 December 2012 @ 03:56 pm
Has anyone been out on the Minuteman or Cambridge Esplanade today? Trying to find out how clear they are after the snow. Thanks!!!
29 December 2012 @ 11:58 pm
They've definitely plowed, but since no one is salting or sanding, the roads are ridiculously treacherous for just 3-4 inches of snow. Can someone figure out who to talk to in order to make the roads less dangerous?

*Edited because I am a dunce ATM

Somerville, MA, Somerville, NJ and Summerville, SC Undertaking Holiday Collection Drive through December 22nd to Support Hurricane Victims along Jersey Shore; Somerville, NJ Mayor, Brian Gallagher, Coordinating Sister-City Effort for his Home State.

SOMERVILLE - The communities of Somerville, Massachusetts, Somerville, New Jersey, and Summerville, South Carolina are joining forces this month to support victims of Hurricane Sandy along the Jersey Shore, in an effort coordinated by Somerville, NJ Mayor Brian Gallagher. With supplies from around the nation already reaching the Shore over the past several weeks, efforts are being redoubled by the Somer/Summervilles in advance of the holiday season, and to address changing needs as residents begin to clean up and reoccupy homes. In Somerville, MA, the donation drive will begin Monday, December 10th and last through Friday, December 21st. Needed items are: canned, non-perishable foods; household [cleaning] products; toiletries; baby items such as wipes and diapers; hygiene items; and pet food. Please, no clothes.

Donation locations are as follows:

City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.
For hours of operation:

City Hall Annex, 50 Evergreen Ave.
For hours of operation:

Somerville Police Department(s):
Main Station: 220 Washington Street
East Substation: 81 Broadway
West Substation: 1114 Broadway

Somerville Public Libraries:
Main Branch: 79 Highland Ave.
West Branch: 40 College Ave.
East Branch: 115 Broadway
For hours of operation:

Somerville Council on Aging: 167 Holland St.

"Hurricane Sandy was a devastating storm for so many communities along the east coast, particularly along the New Jersey coastline, and in its immediate wake so many residents and employees in our community were eager to help. In speaking with Mayor Gallagher from Somerville, New Jersey, it was clear that there was a very specific need for supplies, and that we could be helpful in the weeks and months to come," said Mayor Curtatone. "In the midst of the holidays, as many of us prepare our homes and purchase gifts for our loved ones, it's important that we remember how many people are left without shelter, food, and so many other items this year. Please consider joining me in making even a small donation to victims of Hurricane Sandy, and help us make a difference in the lives of others this Christmas."

Supplies will be delivered to Somerville, NJ on Saturday, December 22nd by a delegation from Somerville, MA, and will then be distributed to residents along the Jersey Shore as necessary.

Additional holiday drives ongoing in the City of Somerville, MA include the annual Toys for Local Children drive coordinated by the Somerville Council on Aging.
Donation boxes for new, unwrapped toys are available at all municipal buildings, and will be distributed to children in Somerville families for the holiday season.
14 November 2012 @ 05:55 pm
Can anyone tell me the going rate for snow removal for a season and also recommend anyone?  It is one long driveway at a 2family with a small parking area just big enough for two cars in the back. it was $860 last year and the price this year is $1100 by the same people.  It seems a big jump>  I am happy to pay for a light season again but would love to know options.  Thanks!
13 November 2012 @ 08:51 am
Don't see many job postings on this board, or jobs tag, but I assume this is OK. 

I'm looking for people to help me snow shovel this winter.  All of the properties I take care of are in or near Somerville, and the day usually starts/ends near Davis Square, so specifically I'm looking for people who are local (hence posting here).  

It is not too glamorous but it can be fun and you get some excercise and some money.   If you are un or underemployed or want to make some extra money this winter, please send me a PM for more details and also tell me a little about yourself in general.    Since the snow is unpredictable you don't have to commit, but at least I'm looking to build a list of people who would like to be contacted when storms are coming to see if they want to work.   
29 October 2012 @ 10:22 pm
Subject pretty much says it all. Trash pickup is *on* for tomorrow according to 311. I put ours out, but it doesn't look like anyone else within blocks has done so yet.

While trying to find the answer on the City's web site, I discovered schools will remain closed. Boston and Cambridge schools will be open, but a lot of others are closed, too.
29 October 2012 @ 10:20 am
Official announcement from MBTA general manager:

All #MBTA service will be suspended effective 2pm today. Customers are encouraged to make final #MBTA trips as early as possible.
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28 October 2012 @ 03:55 pm
It's looking serious. Somerville Public Schools will be closed tomorrow (Monday). If Monday is your trash pickup day, please note that pickup starts at 5 a.m.: You should put out your trash this evening (Sunday).  Please visit the City's website for additional information and safety recommendations,
Hi Everyone,

In light of the storm coming, the organizers of the Beacon St. Neighborhood meeting at Cafe Rustica on Monday [aka tomorrow night]  want to err on the side of caution and are rescheduling the meeting. You might have seen me walking my dog this morning and writing To Be Rescheduled on the flyers :) Please spread the word if you or people you know were planning on attending. Stay tuned for more details.


PS: If you have no clue what I'm talking about, check out the previous post about the meeting and the Beacon St. reconfiguration/parking elimination here -