Davis Square Food Tour!

I recently started a Davis Square food tour and would love help getting the word out. I love this community and was disheartened to see the many open store fronts as well as chains like bfresh enter the neighborhood. My mission is to support the Square as an entertainment destination so that people don't start thinking of Somerville as Assembly Row :)

Anyways, we'd love it if you would support our tiny company! The tour is a lot of fun! It's called Off The Beaten Path Food Tours & Experiences (www.offthebeatenpathfoodtours.com), and we are booking our first tours this weekend with Friday - Sunday tours being available.

By way of marketing, I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions. We'd love help promoting it, and we're excited to showcase awesome entrepreneurs in our backyard and sample their delicious eats. If you have a guest in town, run an AirBNB, have a niece starting at Tufts, etc. etc. it's great to learn more about the history of our neighborhood and meet some local folks doing great things.

1 Apt. for Rent in 3 Apt. Unit between Porter/Union/Davis (9/17-8/18) Somerville, MA

$1050 Monthly + Utilities for Large Bedroom Unit / Coin Op Washer Dryer in Building

$1050 Deposit Required by Landlord

About Your Potential Roomates:

Marissa, 29, is a chocolate connoisseur who also enjoys exercising (#RocknFitness #TeamFitBit) and following baseball. In Marissa's free time, when she has that sort of thing haha, she likes to cook, bake, as well as try out new restaurants with friends.

Ayla, 31, is a wellness educator emphasizing mindfulness and meditation. Ayla also enjoys creative writing, yoga, swimming, and nature walks. Ayla is involved with local community efforts in sustainability and government.

If You are Interested Please Let Us Know About You and Your Availability
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[personal profile] cos2017-07-20 05:51 pm

Middle Eastern food?

We were in Davis Square a couple of evenings ago when someone said they wanted Middle Eastern food. Other than Amsterdam Falafel, I couldn't think of anywhere right there. I know Sabur in Teele Sq, which is kind of Middle Eastern (and pretty fancy). Googling around didn't turn up anything else in Davis Square, though I found a Lebanese place on Mass Ave nearby which I don't remember trying. Anyone know of any Middle Eastern food in Davis Square, or others a short walk away that you like?
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Complain to Massport and 311 about airplane flyover noise

Anyone else getting constant flyovers most days and (more annoying) 2-4 large, low, LOUD flyovers between 10:45 pm and midnight every night?

City of Somerville advises you to call Massport and also 311 to report your complaint: http://www.somervillema.gov/departments/programs/reporting-airplane-noise

Massport politely took my complaint and promised me a written report.  311 said "people should totally call us about issues, no one ever calls us!", politely took my complaint, and said that various elected officials (including Rosetti, Capuano and some third person I'm forgetting, possibly the mayor) have been trying to get this mitigated, but not necessarily to much effect.

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‘Radical’ gathers activists from ’60s, today to look at the history and future of protest

I'm sensing a new civic engagement period underway--which I hope will persist. But it may be instructive to hear about previous periods of this as well.

Via Mike Connolly on twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeConnollyMA/status/885681479883395072

http://www.cambridgeday.com/2017/07/13/radical-gathers-activists-from-60s-today-to-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-protest/

TL,DR + Event details: Historians, 60s activists, current activists will speak to activism in our area and in their eras. "There’s one more treat in store: In addition to panel discussions, there will be a free custom ice cream flavor from Toscanini’s made in honor of the 1960s." I have no idea what 60s ice cream is.

July 29
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
lecture hall of the Cambridge Main Library
449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge
[personal profile] ron_newman2017-07-13 11:38 am

No ArtBeat Friday night. All performances moved to Saturday night

Because of threatened rain tomorrow night, the Friday night part of ArtBeat, in Seven Hills Park, will instead take place Saturday night, after the regularly scheduled Saturday daytime ArtBeat events.

Full information here: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artbeat/2017
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[personal profile] gingicat2017-07-12 08:44 pm
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Flood issues in Medford

Hello, this is Captain Barry Clemente with an informational message. DPW will be working during the night due to the rain and flooding. They are available at 781-393-2445 and will respond to any flooding in the streets. If you have an emergency, call 911. Thank-you.
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Mystic River Watershed meeting with The Nature Conservancy

I just found out about this meeting, which includes a citizen science project about urban wildlife.

https://mysticriver.org/calendar/2017/7/11/committee-meeting

We will be joined by Megan Whatton, Habitat Network Project Manager with The Nature Conservancy at 7:00 p.m. Habitat Network is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in a citizen science project to bring people together to explore the collective impact transforming yards and urban spaces into more diverse habitat can have on wildlife and the nature around us. Megan Whatton the Project manager for the Conservancy will introduce this program, demo its use, and the application and benefit a program like this can have on those living and working in the Mystic River Watershed.

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We meet at Tufts University, Jonathon M. Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service, Lincoln Filene Hall, Rabb Room, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford, MA 02155

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[personal profile] elramsay2017-07-10 08:15 am

Somerville Garden Club Meeting – July 12, 2017

 Landscaping with Novel Native Shrubs
 
Professor Jessica Lubell will give a presentation on native shrubs that are adaptable to tough conditions — such as the readily available Rhus and Juniperus, as well as lesser-known taxa like Aronia, Diervilla, Prunus, Myrica, Corylus, and Spiraea. She will discuss her wide-ranging research on this subject, including controlled studies on the adaptability of native shrubs, and improved methods of nursery propagation to increase the availability of native taxa. This talk will be enlightening to all who landscape with natives. Dr. Jessica Lubell is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Connecticut, with 15 years of experience working with the horticulture industry. 
 
All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public.  In addition to the lecture, there will be the usual Q and A and 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.

Also, Stop by and see us at ArtBeat, Saturday, July 15. We'll be in Seven Hills Park.
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Cheap day-old cookies at Frozen Hoagies

Frozen Hoagies, the ice cream & cookie shop on Broadway in Powderhouse Square, has been selling day-old cookies at three for a dollar, or six for a dollar later in the evening. And lately they've had quite a lot still left by the end of the day. I asked what they do with two-day-old cookies, and was told "I think we throw them away". I almost bought the whole basketful but I was too embarrassed! Anyway, in my experience cookies can stay fresh enough for at least a week in a cookie jar, so it seems a shame for these to go to waste.

Ahhhh Ants

I live near Davis Square, and I've recently realized that I've got a carpenter ant problem - the little jerks came out of nowhere, and now they're exploring all over my apartment. They are not focused on any one area (no trail to follow), and they are concentrated in a few rooms (with crummy windows), so I think the nest may be outside. Any recommendations to go back to an ant-free existence?
Edit to add: I do have a cat, and would prefer not to poison her.

Casper mattress pop up store??

I didn't have time to stop but it looks like there is a Casper mattress pop up store (or showroom) in the parking lot across from the Rosebud diner. Did I misread the sign and this is something else?

If this is a pop up store.... um... WTF? I recall a food truck set up in that space a while back and while there are some issues with that (like competing with bricks + mortar stores) ... that is pretty different than a mattress store.

Anyone have any info on this?
[personal profile] crck_run132017-07-04 08:55 pm

QUALITY COUCH & OTTOMAN FOR CHEAP IN DAVIS SQ, SOMERVILLE

Big, comfy couch and ottoman available for pickup from a clean couple for $50 or best offer in Davis Square, Somerville. Well-used, but not too well-worn. We're getting a new couch delivered, so removal would be buyer's responsibility; however, we are willing to help as we are on a second floor unit. If interested, we can schedule a pickup any day this week (Tuesday- Friday) from 7-9pm.

Couch: 91.5" wide x 40" deep
Ottoman: 25" deep
**pillow pictured not included**

https://post.craigslist.org/manage/6204769475/iuayy
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Street sweeping

My usual street sweeping days are 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Any idea if it's happening tomorrow, or a different day of the week? I checked the website and didn't get a clear answer
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[personal profile] ceelove2017-07-03 11:42 am
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fireworks viewing?

My daughter would like to view the Boston fireworks, but not from up close (i.e., dealing with crowds). Suggestions on where in Somerville we could go for a decent view of the Boston sky tomorrow night?
[personal profile] ron_newman2017-07-02 08:30 am

Somerville outdoor movies this summer

Somerville has at least three outdoor movie series this summer.

SomerMovie Beast, Thursday nights:

  • July 6: Sing, at Seven Hills Park (Davis Square, behind Holland Street Red Line entrance)
  • July 13: Best in Show, at Seven Hills Park - Rained out
  • July 20: Jaws, at Baxter Riverfront Park (Assembly Row)
  • July 27: Bedtime for Bonzo, at Powder House Park
  • August 3: Finding Dory, at East Somerville Community School field
  • August 10: Jurassic World, at Nunziato Field (Summer St and Vinal Ave.)
  • August 17: The Secret Lives of Pets, at Mystic Housing Project
  • August 24: Viewer's Choice (one of 101 Dalmatians [1996], Babe, or Marley & Me), at Seven Hills Park


Cinema Somerville, also Thursday nights. All movies at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave.

  • July 6: Sherlock Holmes, Dressed to Kill (1946)
  • July 13: Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - Rained out, rescheduled for August 31
  • July 20: The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) - replaced with Charlie Chaplin film festival
  • July 27: The Ghost Train (1941)
  • August: to be announced later


Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Summer Movie Series at Assembly Row, Saturday nights:

  • July 8: Secret Life of Pets
  • July 15: Sing
  • July 22: Jungle Book (Live)
  • July 29: Finding Dory
  • August 5: Moana
  • August 12: Lego Batman
  • August 19: Dr Strange
  • August 26: Star Wars Rogue 1
[personal profile] ron_newman2017-07-01 08:15 am

"Citizens Against Sanctuary Cities" meeting, Wednesday 7/12

The Somerville Republican City Committee (really, that's a thing?) has scheduled a "Citizens Against Sanctuary Cities" meeting for Wednesday, July 12, at 6 pm at the Somerville main library.

The organizers keep hiding and then re-showing the guest list. The last time it was visible, many of the people attending it or interested in it were people I know who are definitely not on their side.
[personal profile] ron_newman2017-06-29 06:36 am
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Somerville city election candidates for 2017

The city has published the final list of candidates in this year's city election. Yesterday was the deadline for submitting nomination petition signatures. Only the candidates listed in red have qualified for the ballot.

There will be a citywide preliminary election for Mayor on September 19, because two candidates, Payton Corbett and Kenneth Van Buskirk, are challenging Mayor Joe Curtatone. Preliminary mayoral elections have become rare in recent years, but Mayor Joe ousted our previous mayor, Dorothy Kelly Gay, in a 2003 preliminary election. The last preliminary election for mayor happened in 2007. The top two finishers in the preliminary go on to run against each other in the November 7 general election.

Ward 1 residents will also have a preliminary election for School Committee. Three candidates are running to replace incumbent Stephen Roix, who is not seeking re-election.

All four current aldermen-at-large are seeking re-election, along with challengers Stephanie Hirsch, Will Mbah, and Kevin Tarpley (a former Ward 2 alderman). Since there are fewer than nine candidates, there will not be a preliminary election for alderman-at-large.

Ward Four alderman-at-large Tony Lafuente is not seeking re-election. Two candidates are running to replace him. All other aldermen-at-large are running for re-election, and they have challengers in wards 1, 2, and 3.

Somerville Bread Company Will Move to a Bigger Space Near Union Square

 A couple of pieces are out about this switch-out in Winter Hill. The first piece I saw was this one:  https://boston.eater.com/2017/6/26/15872592/somerville-bread-company-expansion-union-square

The next piece was a bit more detailed on the new space in Union--it won't have a retail piece. But---stay tuned. The new produce shop will carry the bread still.

Produce-focused piece: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2017/06/27/neighborhood-produce-location-somerville/

This one has some other tidbits: http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2017/06/neighborhood_produce_supermark.html