[identity profile] serious-noir.livejournal.com
From the Boston Globe: Hundreds rally in Boston against Trump’s immigrant policies

Ron Newman of Somerville, who attended the rally, said the order reminded him of how the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away by countries including the United States in 1939. Many of the refugees later died in concentration camps.

“It seems like Donald Trump wants to repeat that history,” said Newman, who is Jewish. “I think anyone who fought in World War II, whose family fought in World War II, should consider this [executive order] to be a betrayal of what they fought for.”
[. . .]
Marching toward the State House, the protesters held signs reading, “Immigrants make America great” and “No trade war,” as they chanted, “Donald Trump, you racist clown! Build a wall, we’ll tear it down!”




Wish I had known about this rally. Is there a super secret mailing list or something?
[identity profile] miss-chance.livejournal.com
Woken by fire trucks at 2:30 in the morning. It's a three alarm fire on Appleton St. off Willow. Contained to the one house, plus a live wire down. From what I could glean from the scanner, everyone seems to have gotten out of the house, but some people were taken to the hospital.

Now (3:15am) at the one-hour mark, it's still an active fire, but fire command on site has declined help from an additional company, and are saying "condition the same, companies making progress."

At 3:20am calling for a "20-foot collapse zone around the building. Slate shingles coming off the room, eminent [immanent?] danger of the chimney collapsing."
(does that mean they evacuate the houses on either side, I would assume?)

From my house I can see that Willow is shut down, and the bike path, so expect a similar 4 block radius.
[identity profile] 02143.livejournal.com
Patch.com article linked here: Somerville Meeting to Address Proposed Davis Square Medical Marijuana Dispensary is reporting there is a neighborhood meeting this coming Monday to discuss proposed dispensary at 245 Elm St, currently housing Family Dollar.

Anyone know where the permit application can be located, or any official meeting notice? [EDIT: see meeting notice below] Proposed operator is Garden Remedies which just opened their first location in Newton just a week ago, on Nov 15.

With Question 4 passing, it's important to note the transition process & timeline for retail dispensaries. As I understand it, the ballot initiative states that retail licenses will be issued by the new Cannabis Control Commission by Jan 1, 2018, with existing medical dispensaries being given preference for retail licenses. If this deadline is missed and there is no framework in place to issue licenses by that date, then all medical dispensaries are automatically allowed to sell to the public.

EDIT 11/24: The meeting is now on the official Somerville calendar, linked here: Community Meeting: Medical Marijuana Dispensary. The meeting is Monday, Nov 28th 2016, 6:00 PM at Community Baptist Church on 31 College Ave.

EDIT 12/2: Followup article posted on Wicked Local, linked here: Davis Square one step closer to medical marijuana dispensaries
[identity profile] ja9rose.livejournal.com
We're just a few days away from the birdhouse launch when we'll be celebrating spring, meeting other folks in the community and hanging beautiful birdhouses in Davis Square!  We are looking for volunteers! (and if you still want to make a birdhouse you have time!)
We expect this year to be the biggest birdhouse day ever! We're really excited for you to join in!

Saturday 4/16 - 10am -  Davis Square community bike path.

On Saturday, you are welcome to volunteer to help in a number of roles:

  • Birdhouse preparing (birdhouses will be water-proofed and prepared with wire for hanging)

  • Coffee / food passing out -- (we have a number of donations coming in)

  • Ladder helping -- moving and holding ladders for those hanging birdhouses

  • Birdhouse hanging -- expert ladder users will place prepped birdhouses in trees.

  • SMILING. that's right. Just straight up smiling. =)

If you need to drop your birdhouse off ahead of time because you can't make it Saturday, please message me and we'll make a plan for your birdhouse!
See you there!

Birdhouse team 2016!


For more information:

Website: http://www.freshcognate.com/birdhouse.html

Somerville Birdhouse Project Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/somervillebird

Somerville Birdhouse Event Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/489804084541361/

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[personal profile] ron_newman
The Mark Wahlburg movie "Patriots' Day", about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, will have scenes filmed in the Teele Square neighborhood starting this Wednesday and continuing through the long weekend.

This leaflet, which was posted to reddit's Somerville forum, details traffic and parking restrictions related to the filming from April 13-18.

(Watertown and UMass-Dartmouth already said no to location shoots for this movie, but for some reason Somerville is letting them film here.)
[personal profile] ron_newman
I just got this from the city:

Fresh Foods Store Coming to Davis Square’s 240 Elm St. Building

Urban grocer’s model aims to focus on fresh foods

An urban grocer, Fresh Formats LLC, has filed building permit applications to open a fresh foods market at 240 Elm St. in Davis Square, the site of the former Social Security Building. Ongoing renovation of the building is underway and it is expected that the 11,000-square-foot ground floor will be a neighborhood market later this year.

The building, which is currently vacant, also includes 20,000 sf of office space on the two upper floors that will be occupied by Davis Square Architects, a long-time tenant prior to the renovation, and others. An additional 2,400 sf of office space in the basement will be leased separately.

“Neighborhood residents have been clamoring for a grocer to complement the neighborhood’s specialty grocers including McKinnon’s and Dave’s Fresh, so this is welcome news,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “To have the kind of truly livable squares our community values, we need neighborhood grocery stores, as well as services that cover the full range of community needs from banks, salons, and eateries to pharmacies and doctor’s offices. It’s this mix that helps transform a simple business district into a vibrant town center.”

Fresh Formats LLC is an Ahold company. They developed the bfresh® concept which debuted in Allston, Mass. September 2015. bfresh emphasizes fresh foods including organic produce along with natural and bulk foods and conventional groceries. The site plans received by the City also include an onsite bakery and a “Little Kitchen™” offering prepared foods made from scratch.

“My hope is that we not only have a new fresh foods market in sight, but a new community partner that will be a good neighbor in the square,” said Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis. “With the loss of places like Farmer’s Bounty, it’s good to see another grocer coming to help anchor the heart of the square.”

Jackie Rossetti's contact info at City Hall )

[identity profile] koshmom.livejournal.com
I just came home from McKinnon's.  I spoke with the guy in the Deli counter.  They will be sadly closing somewhere early next year.  Jan 2 earliest, but maybe into Feb or March.  The owner is 75 years old, no energy to restart.  They're not selling it, and the rent is too expensive for someone else to pick it up.

So sad.

edit, Dec 3: There's apparently a sign in the store's window saying they are not closing. There's another post in this davis square community discussing that.
[personal profile] ron_newman
from Boston Restaurant Talk: "McKinnon's Meat Market in Davis Square is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, though no other information has been given at this point in time. "

(Note that filing for bankruptcy does not necessarily mean the store is closing.)
[identity profile] pch1.livejournal.com
Just saw the boarded up window at Pepe Boca this afternoon. Does anyone know what happened?
[identity profile] lizforalderman.livejournal.com
Looks like a bid has been chosen for the Powder House School site.  Details in the city's press release:
http://www.somervillema.gov/news/powder-house-school-site-redevelopment-recommendation-accepted-mayor

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)
[personal profile] ron_newman

from a MassDOT press release I just received:

The Green Line Extension Project (GLX) wanted to inform you of emergency overnight work scheduled for tonight and continuing possibly through the weekend.

GLX Construction activities at the School Street Bridge in Somerville interrupted power yesterday, June 24.  Though power was restored yesterday, it is Eversource's intent to work around the clock from 5PM this evening until the power lines are repaired. This work will be done in conjunction with the School Street Bridge work & lane closure which began in April 2015 and should not require a full road closure.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. This work is an important step in bringing the Green Line from Cambridge to Medford and Somerville. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or info@glxinfo.com.

[personal profile] ron_newman
All of Chester Street is now open, except for the sidewalk under the scaffolding. Diva has reopened. I have my doubts whether the Dunkin Donuts will ever reopen.
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/cgull_/
Jersey barriers are being put up around 240 Elm and pedestrians are already being allowed to walk on the other side of Elm. Of the businesses across a street from the building, only Diva and maybe Redbones are still closed. I just got a 311 call saying Elm reopens at 9pm and Chester might reopen tomorrow.
Big photo. )
[identity profile] emcicle.livejournal.com
I just noticed in the Boston Globe article about the structural issues of the Social Security building this morning that it states that Roche Brothers has pulled out of moving into that space. That's the first I've heard about it falling through, and I'll be disappointed if it's true.
[identity profile] keithn.livejournal.com
Updated on the city's Facebook page.  tl;dr: Avoid Davis Square at all costs if you are on wheels.  If you are a pedestrian, things might not be much better.  This sounds like an absolute nightmare.


Davis Square traffic update: The closure of Elm St., between Dover St. and Grove St. for all vehicles, will remain in place until further notice as structural work continues on the façade of the building at 240 There will also be no access for pedestrians on Elm St., between Chester St. and Grove St., during this work. Starting at 5am (Tuesday morning) the following temporary detours and traffic pattern changes will go into effect:

• Highland Ave. between College Ave. and Grove St. will become a two-way street.
• Vehicles traveling east on Holland St. may take a right onto Dover St., or continue onto Highland Ave.
• Vehicles traveling west on Highland Ave. may continue onto Holland St., or right onto College Ave. Cars will not be permitted to turn left onto Dover St.
• Vehicles traveling into Davis Sq. on College Ave. may only turn right onto Holland St. Cars will not be permitted to travel straight onto Dover St. nor take a left turn onto Highland Ave.

Somerville Police will be stationed in this area to assist with detours, and message boards will be placed in Teele Sq. and at the Powder House Rotary. If at all possible, please seek alternate routes, particularly during morning and evening rush hour commutes: Updates will be provided as they are available.

[identity profile] pekmez.livejournal.com
I just got a 311 call saying that Elm St is closed from Chester to Grove right now due to reconstruction of the facade of (presumably the building above Dunkin Donuts), including all pedestrian traffic which I guess includes any businesses unlucky enough to be located on that stretch of Elm. And that they would provide updates as needed on when the road was reopened. It said it was due to the construction, but given the zero warning about it I assume that something unplanned happened? Or did these businesses have warning that there was going to be a complete lack of access "until further notice?"

Anyone know what's up?
[identity profile] keithn.livejournal.com
From Somerville's facebook page:



Effective immediately, as a precautionary measure, due to structural work occurring on the façade of the building at 240 Elm St., Elm St. between Dover St. and Russell St. will be closed to all cars, and there will be no access for pedestrians between Chester St. and Grove St. until further notice. Detours in this area will direct traffic right onto Dover St., left onto Orchard St., and left onto Russell St. back to Elm St., however we advise all commuters through this area to seek alternate routes until further notice.

Somerville Police will be stationed in this area to assist with detours. Updates will be provided as they are available this evening.


According to one Twitter user, some scaffolding on the side of the Social Security building has collapsed.
[identity profile] josephineave.livejournal.com
Tweeted out this morning by SEIU:

https://twitter.com/32BJ_SEIU/status/599573103958691840

Today Hundreds of janitors and supporters will march against cuts at Tufts. 12:30PM Powder House Sq in Somerville. @WCVB @7News @fredthys

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