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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SOMERVILLE PROGRAM TACKLES WEEKEND HUNGER, ENCOURAGES GIVING!


(DECEMBER 2 - SOMERVILLE) The Somerville Backpack Program is raising awareness among Somerville residents this week about the work the new organization is doing to tackle weekend hunger faced by SPS students and is encouraging families to help this holiday season. 

Somerville Backpack Program volunteers deliver bags of nutritious food containing breakfast, lunch, snack and fresh fruit to students at the East Somerville Community School and the Next Wave and Full Circle Schools every Friday. The program supplements the free school meals students and their families rely on during the school week, but don't have access to during the weekend. 

On Giving Tuesday Backpack program volunteers and community partners encouraged Somerville residents to donate through it’s website, www.somervillebackpackprogram.org, to provide Somerville students with the nutrition they need to succeed.

“We kept hearing that some students were returning to school on Monday more tired and distracted than when they left on Friday because of a lack of access to food on the weekend,” said Ross Richmond, who founded the program last spring. “Students who rely on Somerville’s breakfast and lunch programs during the week are still required to be students on the weekend. The Backpack Program provides nutritional support outside of school so that these student can succeed throughout the entire week.”

The Somerville Backpack Program is modeled after national backpack food programs and began as a pilot program last spring at Next Wave and Full Circle Schools with seed funding from Shape Up Somerville and the Cambridge Health Alliance. This school year the program has continued at Next Wave and Full Circle and expanded to provide food to students at the East Somerville Community School. The program is based out of the Beautiful Stuff Project and Connexion Church in East Somerville.

A bag of food for one student is less than $4 a week, or $150 to sponsor a student for the entire school year. And a $30 contribution provides a month's worth of food for the weekend for a family with 2 students.

For more information residents can contact Ross Richmond at 617.863.0177 or visit www.somervillebackpackprogram.org.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Winter Farmers Market Returns on December 6th, Runs Until March



The Winter Farmers Market will be returning to the Armory on Saturday December 6th (9:30am - 2:00pm) and will run until March. For more information on the market, check out their awesome website (kinda jealous): http://www.somwintermarket.org/

The following vendors have been confirmed for this season...

Produce:
Heron Pond Farm
Apex Orchards
Wintermoon Roots
Freedom Food Farm
Red Fire Farm
Misty Brook Farm
R.I. Mushroom Co.

Meat/Seafood:
Lilac Hedge Farm
Stillman's at the Turkey Farm
Jordan Brother's Seafood
Misty Brook

Baked Goods:
Birch Tree Bread Company
Union Square Donuts
Great Cape Bakery
Dan's Brick Oven Bread

Farm Wineries:
Carr's Cider House
Turtley Creek Winery
House Bear Brewing

Cheese:
Fiore di Nonno
Chase Hill
Foxboro Cheese Co.

Specialty Foods:
Apothekers Chocolates
Barismo
Cafe Barada
Chica de Gallo
Deborah's Kitchen
Doves and Figs
Hosta Hill
Life Force Juice
Matt's Amazing Smokehouse
Q's Nuts
Roving Lunch Box
Seta's Mediterranean
Soluna Garden Farm
Spindler Confections
Stow Greenhouses
Taza Chocolate
Tex Mex Eats
Tipping Cow
Valicenti Organico

Guest Vendors:
Bondat Foods
Boston BonBon
Camberville Dog Treats
Craic & Blonde
Handmade For
Just Add Cooking
Red Door Farm
Sa's Homestyle Sauces
Sunny Knoll Alpaca Farm
Sweet Lydia's
Trill Foods
23 Soap Company

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Word Around the Ward - Early


No, I didn't get my days screwed up. I am posting The Word Around The Ward a day early to give you one less excuse to remain on your phone during Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow. Enjoy!

The Qwik Mart (Corner of Cedar Street and Highland Avenue) will be undergoing significant changes as commercial space and residences have been proposed for the location at a recent community meeting. Ward 5 seems to be a hotbed for development as the Sons of Italy already has a foundation, 235 Lowell Street has structures, the Shield Gas Station is getting ready to be cleaned up and Royal White (Warwick Street) has been sold.  

Ward 5 Online would like to wish Carlene Campbell-Hegerty the best of luck as she resigned from her position with the Somerville Arts Council for another opportunity. Carlene has been a fixture with the Curtatone Administration and has overseen such events as the SomerStreets Festivals and the recent Restaurant and Market Tour of Magoun Square.

Could the City being changing its snow plowing methods? According to Mayor Curtatone, it is a serious consideration. During a recent ResiStat meeting, the Mayor acknowledged that the issue is pressing, but no changes will be made for the 2014-2015 winter season. 2015-2016 may see a pilot of side-switching in one section of the City. 

With the holidays just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts! And there’s no better place to find the perfect gift than at Somerville Local First’s Local is for Lovers Holiday Markets on November 30th and December 14th. The popular market will take place at the Armory from 10-3pm.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Road Race Will be Gobble Gobbling By...


Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with information regarding the annual Gobble Gobble Road Race on Thursday, Nov. 27. 

Beginning at 9 a.m., roads in the Davis Square, Broadway, Medford Street and Summer Street areas may experience temporary traffic delays as runners pass by. The race route begins on Holland St., right onto Broadway, right on North St., right on Powderhouse Blvd., onto Broadway through Ball and Magoun Squares, right on Medford St., right on Central St., and right on Summer St., ending at Grove St. in Davis Sq. Please note that eastbound traffic on Holland St. will be detoured at Cameron Ave. between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at the start of the race.

Delays in these areas are expected to be temporary, and police details will be stationed in each area. If you have additional questions, please call 617-666-3311. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Somerville Local First's Local is for Lovers Market Set for November 30th!


Somerville Local First Hosts Local is for Lovers Holiday Market at Arts at the Armory on November 30th

SOMERVILLE (November 24, 2014)—With the holidays just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts! And there’s no better place to find the perfect gift than at Somerville Local First’s Local is for Lovers Holiday Markets on November 30th and December 14th.

Our first market takes place on Sunday, November 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Avenue), is FREE and easily accessible by car or public transportation. Knucklebones will be setting up their mobile playspace on 11/30 so the kids have a place to get out some holiday energy while their parents shop or sip a local brew (coffee or beer!)

The Local is for Lovers Holiday Market will feature 30 local vendors selling everything from jewelry and handmade soap to sweets and clothing.  Here is a full list of vendors:

Esoterica Jewelry
Barefoot Books (by Michele MacLean)
Somerville Soap Works (http://somesoapworks.com/)
The Bead Lady
Jasmine Doodles
Nativa
Le Pants King
Original Antique Maps
MJ Paperflight
Designs by EVFB
EastonLeather

In addition to the many local artisans selling their crafts, the Local is for Lovers Holiday Market will include workshops sprinkled throughout the day- Local love includes more than just shopping! Visit the Healey School PTO and make arts and crafts with the whole family all day! In addition, look at the following schedule and come learn with us this market season.

Jewelry making project class with Beadkreative

Learn how to make a chain cord bracelet. With 5 color options to choose from, this project takes about 30min, and will teach you how to make some of your gifts this holiday season! Class is free, but there is a $5 dollar material fee.

Cuisine en Locale cooking demo

Learn how to make your own condiments for the holiday season! CeL is here to show you the way!

Happier, Healthier Holiday Hints
with integrative nutrition health coach, Dillan DiGiovanni

Want to cruise through the holiday season feeling a bit healthier and happier than last year? Join local certified integrative nutrition health coach, Dillan DiGiovanni, for a fun and interactive workshop. You'll meet like-minded people and learn simple, practical hints including recipes and habits to shift your focus and feed your mind and body to welcome the New Year feeling better than you've ever felt in your life. Satisfaction guaranteed. :)


Shiso Kitchen cooking demo

Watch Shiso Kitchen make a Chipotle Tomato Soup which is a great seasonal recipe whether as a first course to a holiday meal, or as a weeknight dinner to cozy up to a fire with. It's a 'grown up' version of classic tomato soup, and is also perfect for dipping, parmesan crisps, cheese toasts or gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. Whether looking to learn the basics, fine tune your culinary skills, or just for some new tips and tricks, Shiso Kitchen offers fun cooking classes for all skill levels. As a date night, with a friend or two, or as a solo adventure, Shiso Kitchen is a unique way to experience local food for a night on the town.

Holiday training tips with The Training Room
CIRCUIT TRAINING
This all-levels metabolic class is set up as a continuous strength circuit. Participants rotate through a series of stations, spending equal time on each exercise. Rest periods are minimal between stations, and longer when the entire circuit is complete. Exercises vary from class to class.

Vendors and shoppers at previous Local is for Lovers Market have raved about their experience and the Holiday Market promises to be just as fun. Beth Rosa of Pink Pigeon Creations said, “The crowd was great, and with the focus on kids, there were lots of families and people buying gifts for people with families, which is exactly my market.” Shoppers have commented on the community feel of the markets, a place to gather and see friends while seeing some of the best local vendors around.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Davis Square to Host ParkMobile Launch



Davis Square will host the launch of ParkMobile technology

The Communications Department (Hi, Jackie!) issued the following press release just now...


Join Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Director of Traffic and Parking Suzanne Rinfret, and Parkmobile on Monday, Nov. 24 to launch the latest parking technology in Somerville with Parkmobile’s smart phone app. 


The official launch ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Meacham Rd. in Davis Sq., adjacent to Seven Hills Park and the Davis Sq. T station.

Beginning the week of Nov. 24, drivers in Somerville will be able to pay for parking at every metered space in the city by using Parkmobile’s smartphone app available for iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry phones, or by calling a toll-free number from any phone (no smartphone needed). 


Somerville will be the first city in the metro Boston area to offer this convenience through Parkmobile.

Although a huge supporter of new technology, ya'all know how I feel about changes to parking. I'm hoping this doesn't lead to later feeding times and increased prices for meters in Somerville. From what I understand, however, the cost is .50¢ and is charged by ParkMobile. 
Have you used similar technology? Feel free to comment your thoughts below!

Like Mike from Monsters Inc., I will be keeping an eye on it. 





Giving Tuesday Somerville: Call to Volunteers




Help raise $50,000 for nonprofit organizations in Somerville! 

Volunteers are needed for Giving Tuesday Somerville, a collaborative fundraising effort between 15 local nonprofit organizations. The event will be a telethon at SCATV in Union Square on December 2 from 6-9 pm.

Volunteers are needed BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER the event: tasks will include helping with a phone bank, picking up donations, distributing promotional posters, and more! This is a great way to get involved with your local Somerville community and #GiveMore during the holiday season.

Please fill out this form if you are able to volunteer before, during, and/or after Giving Tuesday Somerville, and we will contact you with more info! Please email georgie@respondinc.org if you have any questions.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Giving Tuesday...Somerville Style!




15 Somerville agencies collaborate on annual day of giving
Giving Tuesday Somerville: Give Local launches!

The Somerville nonprofit community has embarked upon a new journey of collaborative fundraising -  Giving Tuesday Somerville: Give Local.  This holiday season, 15 nonprofit organizations are joining forces to collaborate on a first-annual joint fundraising effort as part of the international Giving Tuesday program.  Giving Tuesday is an annual global day of giving that helps to raise funds and awareness for important causes everywhere. In our community, Giving Tuesday will be the 21st Century version of a telethon. Hosted on SCATV on December 2nd, this telethon delivers an exciting program of live entertainment, panel discussions, public service announcements, and local celebrities, helping us to raise $50,000 for the nonprofit community in Somerville.

"The complexity of the problems facing our city calls for greater coordination and collaboration among all of us - our Giving Tuesday Telethon is just one example among many of Somerville's non-profits working together for the collective good of our city's children and families," stated David Gibbs, Executive Director of the Community Action Agency of Somerville.

Participating organizations include:

Mark Alston-Follansbee, Executive Director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, has been working on this project since its inception in early 2014. “After Black Friday and Tech Monday, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for everyone to focus on giving to nonprofit organizations around the world.  Here in Somerville, agencies are using this day to collaborate and tell the story of our community; we hope you'll tune in and support us in any way that works for you.”

Giving Tuesday Somerville takes place on December 2nd, 2014. Giving takes place from 12:01am-11:59pm online, while the telethon is hosted from 6-9pm on SCATV. Give a little more this season. #GiveMoreSomerville

For more information on this effort, visit www.3gracesproductions.com/givingtuesday. To become an event sponsor, please email jen@3gracesproductions.com.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Get a Piece of Magoun History...For $839K



Would you like to own a piece of Magoun Square history? If you do, you're only $839,000 away!

Bremis Realty Inc. now has the difficult task of selling the Piro Printers business and three family home located at 483 Medford Street. This comes 8 months after the business relocated in Charlestown combining with AB Printing and 3 months after the family first placed For Sale signs on the house and print shop.

Bremis tempts potential buyers by describing the location as a, "...great opportunity to own this 3F plus garage/former print shop. A large property in a fantastic location just outside of up and coming trendy Magoun Sq. Units feature large rooms, wall to wall carpeting, retro kitchens and baths and open and enclosed porches. This is a great opportunity for developers or investors to purchase a property just minutes from the proposed green line extension."

Piro Printing was every politician's first stop when setting up their campaign literature and choosing colors for yard signs, lapel and bumper stickers-including mine. Marc Piro has run the print business for many years providing print services that included wedding invitations, business cards, political signage and campaign literature for local politicians. It was through Piro that I had my yard signs, palm cards, lapel and bumper stickers made when I ran for Alderman last year.

This is the second piece of significant Magoun Square property that has gone up for sale. The first, a string of storefronts on the Broadway portion of the business district, has been up for grabs since the summer. Rumors of it being sold proved to be untrue. The property is still for sale with no agreements in place.

What would you like to see replace the shop? Feel free to comment your ideas!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ryan Harrington Foundation Continues to Give Back


Last month, I reported on the great success of this year's Corn Toss Tournament honoring the memory of Ryan Harrington (The Somerville Times | Ward 5 Online). At the time, the foundation had given generous financial donations to such great recipients as Pop Warner, Somerville Youth Hockey and the YMCA-just to name a few.

In total, the Ryan Harrington Foundation has raised $40,000 in three years and have donated 95% of tournament proceeds.

Since the posting of that story, the foundation has given more money out, this time to Shriner's Hospital for Children and the Sean Collier Memorial Fund. Both organizations received $200, respectively.


To find out more about the foundation, please visit the website at: http://www.ryanharringtonfoundation.org. More photographs from the tournament and check amounts donated to organizations can be found on the foundation's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RyanHarringtonFoundation.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

City Petitioning MassDOT to Reduce Lowell Street Speed Limit


Residents, City and Elected Officials continued conversations last night on traffic calming and safety measures needed for Lowell Street that included a handout of speeding data and a presentation on options for more permanent solutions.

The data...
According to provided data, the speed on Lowell Street has dropped. Before the chicane installation and parking change, 85% of the speed averaged 23mph (Medford Street -> Highland Avenue) and 27mph (Highland Avenue to Medford Street). Installation of the painted chicanes and transferring of parking to either side of Lowell saw improvements of 21mph and 26mph, respectively. The street, itself, is 30mph with the bridge being 25mph per MassDOT. The City of Somerville did not and cannot set the speed on the bridge as it is out of their jurisdiction.

See data handouts: http://bit.ly/1u6gGVh (Raw data was not available at the time of the meeting)

Presentation and Impact of Community Path Extension...
Transportation Director, Hayes Morrison, outlined Somerville's options for decreasing the speed limit on Lowell Street during her presentation at the Healey School meeting. Mentioning permanent solutions such as physical (and not just painted) chicanes, Morrison pointed out that the City is honing in on petitioning MassDOT to approve a decrease to 25mph. If granted, the City will install crosswalks on either side of the Lowell Street bridge with one at Princeton Street (Lowell to Highland Avenue) and the other between Wilton and Vernon (Lowell to Medford Street). The decrease will impact the entirety of Lowell Street from Somerville Avenue to Medford Street in anticipation of the increased cycle and pedestrian traffic expected with the Community Path Extension.

Although the opening of the Community Path Extension is expected in December, crosswalks on Lowell Street (pending approval) will not be implemented until the path is officially finalized in the Spring with the completion of a raised crosswalk on Cedar Street. The raised crosswalk on Cedar is part of the extension project. Morrison did agree to see if the City would allow cyclists on the portion of the path that is not currently under construction as exits into MaxWell's Green are open. She did stress, however, that people should remain off of the path until she receives an answer.

Petitioning MassDOT...
Petitioning MassDOT will prompt a Police survey of the street using radar guns to record 100 readings of cars during non-peak hours. When questioned, Morrison admitted that the City does not determine where or when the radars are used, but they have recommended four key locations according to Traffic Engineer Terry Smith. Morrison would go on to say that she is confident MassDOT will approve the reduction that will lead to two brand-new crosswalks on either side of the Lowell Street bridge.

Wrap-Up...
Although Stop signs are preferred by some residents, a flashing Pedestrian Crossing sign is being seriously considered for the Albion Street crosswalk. Should the City want to move forward with permanent physical chicanes, a 6-8 month bid, interview and design period would push construction and completion into 2016. The permanent chicanes would include a curb extension and/or plantings to change the physical landscape of the street and force cars in a swerving motion. This would slow cars down and change driver perception of the street, however, this is not ideal for cyclists.

In closing, Morrison could not commit to a timeline of the steps ahead, but would work with MassDOT on the speed reduction and the City on suggested ideas from meeting attendees.

The Word Around The Ward


Big thanks to all who voted and job well done to all who ran during this past election season. Big changes are coming to Massachusetts and the voters spoke as to who they want to keep Somerville's best interests at heart beyond our borders. I didn't agree with some of the results, but it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Commonwealth. For full results, check out this great website launched by the City

Ward 5 has a new resident as Rachel and Sue Fuller DeAmato welcomed daughter, Charlie, this past week! Congratulations!

The City of Somerville is looking to fill some key vacancies on Boards and Commissions according to a press release from the Communications Department. If you're interested, submit a resume and cover letter, as well as any relevant supplemental material by email to: planning@somervillema.gov indicating which one you would like to serve on. A full list can be reviewed on the press release.

Crafters, bakers and other vendors are needed for the annual Somerville Craft Fair held at Somerville High School this year. If you have items to sell, you can find more information and/or purchase a table online! The 24th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday November 29, 2014 from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Somerville High School Field House (81 Highland Ave). Admission is free to the general public.

Our last Word Around The Ward prompted some political speculation for 2015. Check out the couple of responses here and be sure to comment your thoughts.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FLOAT Raises Big Funds for Magoun Square Storefront

Courtesy of Float's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FloatBoston/

FLOAT, founded by Sara Garvin and Colin Roald, is preparing for their grand opening in Ward 5's Magoun Square in December and had some great financial news to share on their website recently!

CrowdFunding...
After 360 "backers" pre-ordered over 1,000 floats, the company netted $47,750 through their crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding was previously used by MF Dulock and the City of Somerville who also found great success with the popular financial process.

As I previously reported... 
Upon becoming available, the interest in the 515 Medford Street storefront reached the double digits and included businesses ranging from a kettle bell trainer to a dentist. Owner, Umberto, verbalized two visions for the empty space: no food and something interesting that complimented the square. I would say that he succeeded!

For more information on FLOAT, visit their website and sign up for their email list to have the latest status on their grand opening sent right to your inbox.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lowell Street Bridge & Corridor Community Meeting


When: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Arthur D. Healy School cafeteria, 5 Meacham St.

Community members are invited to discuss traffic calming plans, traffic safety, and other roadway improvements with City of Somerville staff and officials. Please join us Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arthur D. Healey School cafeteria, 5 Meacham St. For additional information, please contact Hayes Morrison, City of Somerville Director of Transportation and Infrastructure at (617) 625-6600, ext. 2522.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Get Out and Vote, Yo!



Election Day is here! Please get out and do that voting thang...all the cool kids are doing it!

Here is a link to the ballot Ward 5ers will see when they head to the polls! Posted by the Elections Department, all ballots are available for review before the election.

Some wards have new voting locations for this election. If you don't know where you are supposed to cast your ballot, the Elections Department has a handy database you can use! Ward 5 voting locations have not changed and are as follows...


Precinct 1: Department of Public Works garage (Map)

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Precinct 2: Brown School, Kidder Avenue (Map)

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Precinct 3: Engine 7 Fire Station, 265 Highland Avenue (Map)

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Word Around The Ward


It's coming down to the homestretch for candidates depending on November 4th votes to further their political dreams! I'd like to wish all candidates the best of luck and encourage everyone to get out and vote. Ward 5 voting information is easily found on this website and ballots have been posted by the Elections Department in Somerville.

Crafters, bakers and other vendors are needed for the annual Somerville Craft Fair held at Somerville High School this year. If you have items to sell, you can find more information and/or purchase a table online! The 24th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday November 29, 2014 from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Somerville High School Field House (81 Highland Ave). Admission is free to the general public.

As the cold air begins to creep into Somerville, political talk starts to heat up. If you believe what you year (...er...read), it sounds like no one in City Hall is safe. The latest is that two wards will be completely up for grabs as one Alderman will be aiming for the Mayor's seat while another will not be running for reelection. Opponents will be stepping up in all other wards with three in Ward 3. We're up to four being rumored for Alderman-At-Large seats. This should be fun!

Could an old Somerville employee be heading up the Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department? The Word Around The Ward is that Monica Lamboy will be tapped to be the interim director as current director Susan Clippinger announced her November 14th retirement date. Monica is the former head of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SPD Offers Halloween Safety Tips



Editor's note: The Somerville Police Department issued the following press release offering safety tips for Halloween. I hope you have a fun night on Friday and be sure to hit up the Magoun Square neighborhood for the best candy selections ;) ~Courtney  

The Somerville Police Department will once again join forces with the Somerville Auxiliary Police and School Crossing Guards on Friday, October 31, Halloween evening, to help make a safe and fun filled evening for Somerville Trick-or-Treaters.

In addition to the regular Somerville Police force, approximately 15 volunteer members of the Auxiliary Police and 40 School Crossing Guards will take up positions throughout the city, to assist residents of Somerville, particularly younger Trick-or-Treaters, cross our busy streets.

City buildings and schools will also be closely monitored to prevent any damage to public property.

Halloween Safety Tips

Please remember these important safety tips when Trick-or-Treating with friends or with young children.

Parents Should:
– Instruct their children not to open their candy until they return home.
– Inspect all candy for tampering before their children eat it.
– Make sure an adult accompanies children.
– Know what route their children will be taking.
– Have a set time limit for children to return home.
– Explain the difference between harmless “tricks,” and vandalism.
Residents Who Plan to Distribute Treats Should:
• Turn on your porch light.
• Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
• Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
Children Should:
• Always be accompanied by an adult.
• Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.
• Make sure that any accessories, such as fake guns, knives, and other potentially dangerous items are not mistaken for the real thing.
• Make sure all costumes are visible in the dark, and/or utilize safety equipment to make them visible to other pedestrians and motorists.
• Stay in a group and communicate where you will be going.
• Only go to homes with porch lights on.
• Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
• Never cut across yards or use alleys.
• Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
• Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
• Always walk. Never run across a street.
• Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
• Never accept or consume food items or drinks.
• No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
• Notify police or other authorities immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Drivers Should:
– Drive in an extra cautious manner.
– Keep a keen eye open for children who forget safety rules.
AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING:
• Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible Adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
• Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
• Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ballots Posted by Elections Department for Review



Election Day is one week away and, as always, I wanted to link to the ballot Ward 5ers will see when they head to the polls! Posted by the Elections Department, all ballots are available for review before the election.

Some wards have new voting locations for this election. If you don't know where you are supposed to cast your ballot, the Elections Department has a handy database you can use! Ward 5 voting locations have not changed and are as follows...


Precinct 1: Department of Public Works garage (Map)

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Precinct 2: Brown School, Kidder Avenue (Map)

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Precinct 3: Engine 7 Fire Station, 265 Highland Avenue (Map)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Traffic and Parking Committee to Meet on Tuesday



The Committee on Traffic and Parking will be meeting on October 28th at 6:00 PM in the Second Floor Committee Room of City Hall. The meeting will cover a 74-item agenda, some of which, concern Ward 5.

Including dated legislation surrounding truck activity through Magoun Square, traffic calming submissions on various locations and safety-related requests for Lowell Street, the agenda also brings up how the administration plans on spending the $220,000 MaxWell's Green traffic mitigation money (Legislative item #196436). This money has already been received by the City.

The Traffic Committee is chaired by Ward 3 Alderman Bob McWatters.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Popular Somerville By Design Charrette Series Comes to Winter Hill



Somerville by Design will be hosting a series focusing on Winter Hill starting this Fall that will include a visioning session, "open studio" charrette, and ending with an "open house" in January.

In an email, Somerville by Design writes, "We are pleased to announce the fall and winter schedule for the "Somerville by Design" neighborhood planning effort in Winter Hill. This fun, participatory process has been very successful in neighborhoods like Gilman Square, Lowell Street, East Somerville and Davis Square. Over the next four months, residents, business owners, community organizations and commercial property owners will be rolling up their sleeves with City officials to prepare a plan that guides public and private investment in the Winter Hill neighborhood, from Mystic Avenue to Medford Street, and from Foss Park to Magoun Square.

From October 27th to 29th, we will hold an "open studio" event in the vacant storefront at 328 Broadway (former MetroPCS location). For three days straight, from 9am to 9pm, you can drop in at the studio and work with City staff and designers to draw and discuss ideas about the future of the neighborhood. Green space, jobs and housing, business development, traffic management, arts and culture: it's all on the table. We will work together to generate as many ideas as possible, and at a "Pin-Up Presentation" on October 29th, we will ask you to select the ones that are worth keeping, the ones that need more work, and the ones that should be thrown out.

During the early winter we'll take what we've heard and refine it, and come back for an open-house presentation in mid-January."

For more information and to see studies of other Somerville locations, check out the Somerville by Design website!

It's ResiStat Tiiiiiime!

Mayor Joe Curtatone presenting at a Ward 5 ResiStat meeting.

The Ward 5 ResiStat meeting will be kicking off the fall meeting season on October 28th at the Kennedy School (5 Cherry St). Refreshments will be served at 6:00 PM with  presentations beginning at 6:30 PM and running until 8:00 PM.

ResiStat meetings are a great way to learn about current and upcoming city services and events. Ward 5 has always had high attendance numbers for this meeting going back to the days when it was held at the VNA on Lowell Street.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Board of Aldermen Set to Meet Tomorrow



The Board of Aldermen will be meeting tomorrow in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall at 7:00pm. The agenda for the meeting has been posted online per the Open Meeting Law and interested citizens can attend in person, tune in on channel 13 (RCN) or Comcast (22), or watch online at the City's Meeting Portal.


Assault on Central Street Prompts Community Meeting


After a sexual assault on Central Street, City Officials are holding a community meeting at the end of the month at the Winter Hill Community School to discuss neighborhood safety and provide important updates according to the flyer provided by meeting hosts.

Both, the Somerville News Weekly and the Somerville Journal, reported on the October 8th incident that left neighbors shocked and worried (Letter: Winter Hill residents extremely concerned after attack in Somerville; Somerville Journal October 16, 2014)

The meeting will be held in the Winter Hill Community School cafeteria (use Medford Street entrance) on October 29th at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Free Flu Shots Begin This Week...



The City is providing free flu shots for the next few weeks! The schedule is as follows...

Free Flu Vaccine Schedules
Please Note: Public Health Nurses have duties that can prevent them from being in the office, and as a result, flu vaccines cannot be provided on a walk in basis at the Annex.

Flu shots are provided to all at no cost, but we ask that you please bring your health insurance card.

Children 5 years or older must be accompanied by their parent or guardian to receive a flu shot.


Flu Vaccine Schedule

10-16-2014: COA Health Fair at the TAB - 9:30-11:00am

10-16-2014: City Hall Sub Comm Room - 2:30pm-5pm

11-04-2014: Vote and Vax event at the ESCS - 7am-10am & 4pm-7pm

*PLEASE NOTE the ESCS does not have to be your polling place for you to receive flu vaccine at this session

11-06-2014: City Hall Annex - 5pm-7pm

11-13-2014: City Hall Annex - 5pm-7pm

12-04-2014: City Hall Annex - 5pm-7pm


This schedule assumes that vaccine supplies will last through the 4th of December. An update will be provided to all of the parties included in this email should vaccine be completely used up prior to any of the already established clinic dates. Additionally if there is any remaining supply after the 4th, other clinics will be scheduled until the supply is exhausted.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friends, Family Honor Memory of Ryan Harrington By Giving Back to Somerville


Friends and family of Ryan Harrington held their 3rd Annual Corn Toss Tournament to raise money for Somerville Organizations, netting $20,000 in revenue that was immediately donated to local recipients including the Somerville Youth Hockey (picture on the left), the YMCA (picture on the right),Somerville Youth Football and Cheer, Somerville Little League, and Somerville Pop Warner. In total, the Ryan Harrington Foundation has raised $40,000 in three years and have donated 95% of tournament proceeds.

The tournament, held in Ward 5's Trum Field, included the tournament played on hand-painted corn toss boards, as well as, raffles of items generously donated by local Somerville businesses. Eat at Jumbos, The Pub, On The Hill Tavern, Daddy Jones Bar and Olde Magoun's Saloon are just some of the participating businesses in the raffle.

This year's male winners were Douglas Huckins and Stephen Huckins of "The Hawks" while Alex Gustafson and Courtney White of "The Golddiggers" took home the women's championship.

 To find out more about the foundation, please visit the website at: http://www.ryanharringtonfoundation.org. More photographs from the tournament and check amounts donated to organizations can be found on the foundation's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RyanHarringtonFoundation