shoelove

Final announcement: Community is moving

As previously noted in the community, the four moderators of your community here (ron_newman, surrealestate, cos, and prunesnprisms) have agreed that the community will be moving to this location at the hosting tool Dreamwidth, beginning May 1.

You may create a free account with Dreamwidth here. You may also choose to continue with OpenID from LiveJournal, but as has been pointed out in the comments below there's no single-login connection from Facebook or Google properties. Many of you will know already that this is a similar blogging site to Livejournal, maintained by former LiveJournal team members, and hosted in the US -- here is some recent information for new members posted by the team here.

While we don't plan to remove any content that's ever been posted here, we'd like to mark a line in the sand at which point we leave the top post on this community as a pointer to where we are now located. ron_newman has backed up the community twice to make sure all our older posts and comments are preserved. However, there is no way to continuously cross-post the community, and none of us will continue to push new posts over to Livejournal after May 1. In addition we will be removing posting access to this community over the next few days as well.

You can read more about the concerns regarding Livejournal as a platform here

Please join us in our new home!
shoelove

Moderator Announcement: Davis_Square (the community) is moving!

As previously noted in the community, the four moderators of your community here (ron_newman, surrealestate, cos, and prunesnprisms) have agreed that the current state of LiveJournal under its new hosting status and new terms of service are not one we would choose to continue discussion under.

Your community will be moving to this location at the hosting tool Dreamwidth, beginning May 1. You may create a free account with Dreamwidth here. You may also choose to continue with OpenID from LiveJournal, but as has been pointed out in the comments below there's no single-login connection from Facebook or Google properties. Many of you will know already that this is a similar blogging site to Livejournal, maintained by former LiveJournal team members, and hosted in the US -- here is some recent information for new members posted by the team here.

While we don't plan to remove any content that's ever been posted here, we'd like to mark a line in the sand at which point we leave the top post on this community as a pointer to where we are now located. ron_newman has backed up the community twice to make sure all our older posts and comments are preserved. However, there is no way to continuously cross-post the community, and none of us will continue to push new posts over to Livejournal after May 1.

You can read more about the concerns regarding Livejournal as a platform here

Your team of moderators are open to suggestions about the style of the community on Dreamwidth, as it has not been chosen recently and is probably not as up to date as it could be for mobile or other readability. Please feel free to share in the comments.

On a personal note, leaving Livejournal a few months ago, other than this community, was personally very difficult for me as I’ve been using this platform more than fifteen years. I do quite like Dreamwidth and had no problems migrating over. I believe in the leadership team’s statement of diversity and guiding principles. I really hope that those of you who are similarly conflicted about LJ and want to maintain an open community for us to have discussion about just any old thing happening in Davis Square will find us there.
Picasso Quixote
  • gruene

New Livejournal terms of service

I'm not sure if you all have seen the new Live Journal terms of service, but in my mind, they seriously compromise the ability of this site to serve as a forum for our community: http://www.livejournal.com/legal/tos-en.bml

In short, Livejournal users are now governed by Russian law, and risk having posts removed or accounts deleted if they don't comply with it. Among other things, "Political solicitation" is now banned, meaning no more talking about Aldermanic or state legislative races. Any discussion of LGBT rights will require the "adult content" label to avoid running afoul of the "Gay Propaganda" laws of the Russian Federation.

While moving will certainly be disruptive, in the long run, I think it is essential if this is going to remain a home of free discussion of issues pertinent to Davis Square. I welcome your thoughts on this.

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Somerville Garden Club Meeting, April 12

Shona Stone Sculptures in the Garden

shona sculptureThe Shona people of Zimbabwe are well known for the originality and beauty of their stone carvings. Many of these sculptures have been featured in botanical gardens and sculpture parks throughout the world. Rosemary Chimbganda of Zimbabwe, an expert on and importer and retailer of Shona sculpture, and Susan Miller, a Somerville gardener whose garden highlights Shona sculpture, will share their knowledge of Shona sculpture as well as present photos and video(s) of Shona garden sculpture and the sculpting process.

Rosemary Chimbganda grew up in Zimbabwe where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics before moving to USA more than 32 years ago. Rosemary was a successful computer programmer and software consultant for many years. In 2003, her growing passion for the Zimbabwe stone sculpture won her over and she now travels around the country promoting and selling the sculptures. She is also a real estate agent with Keller Williams’s realty.

Susan Miller has been in private practice as a learning disability specialist for over 20 years. Her work now includes assessing and tutoring children with language based learning disabilities in reading, math and writing. After meeting Rosemary Chimbganda last year, Susan became obsessed with learning about and owning Shona stone sculptures.

All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. There will be also be garden Q and A, light refreshments and a raffle. 7-9pm. 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.

Parking Options When Away for a Couple of Weeks

Me and my girlfriend own 2 cars one of which has a designated spot and the other we park on the street. Say we are planning a 2 week vacation, wondering what would be my best options to park the extra car. Parking at the airport can quickly add up to $138 for a week. Or we could could just leave it on the sidewalk and eat the $50 fine for street sweeping assuming they are not towing it. What do you folks do?
halp

styrofoam recycling

Does anyone know of a place in Greater Camberville that accepts small styrofoam for recycling? I live in Arlington, which accepts large packing foam (the kind that immobilizes electronics in shipping boxes), but doesn't accept small foam containers (clamshell boxes from takeout food, which have a #6 recycling symbol on the bottom). The town collection staff told me that no recycling business will pay for the latter and I should put it in the trash. But if it's recyclable, I should be able to recycle it, right?!?!
Autobot

PMRP's Peter Pan opens on the 21st!

Join us as we fly to the second star to the right, and then straight on till morning! In this adaptation of the original J.M. Barrie novel by Michael Lin, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Darling children venture off to Neverland, a wonderful place where Lost Boys never have to grow up. Their adventures are only overshadowed by one Captain Hook, a menacing pirate who vows to have his revenge on Peter for the loss of his hand. If you believe in fairies, come share in this imaginative adventure! Featuring magical activities for the kids before our matinee performances:

Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 8:00PM
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 2:00PM (matinée and kid friendly pre-show activities)
Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 8:00PM
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 8:00PM (Pay What You Can Night)
Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 8:00PM
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 2:00PM (matinée and kid friendly pre-show activities)
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 8:00PM

You can make a reservation to pay at the door or buy tickets in advance at http://pmrp.org/tickets!
$15 general admission/$12 Students & Seniors 62+/$6 children 12 and under

Performances will be at Responsible Grace Church, 204 Elm St. in Somerville's Davis Square.